Do you ever feel like God has abandoned you? Do you ever feel like the path that you set out on isn’t going to work because God is no longer leading you? Do you go through ups and downs spiritually or emotionally as you wonder about God’s involvement and direction in your life? I do. My spiritual life is like an extreme roller coaster ride from a wild theme park. It’s the one that rises the highest and then plummets to its low point with unparalleled speed.
Right now Mary and I are getting ready to launch a new church and I feel particularly susceptible to these ups and downs. One minute we are on our high dreaming about the possibilities of a new community that embodies Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount teachings, and the next minute we come crashing down as I come face-to-face with the work and potential rejection that comes with church planting.
That’s why Tim Geoffrion’s blog post, Don’t Give Up, came at such a good time. In his post Tim points out that sometimes our greatest spiritual advances come in the midst of deep emotional turmoil.
If so, let me encourage you. You have reached a critical point in your spiritual development. Don’t lose heart. And most definitely, do not give up!
Contrary to appearances, our emotional turmoil may actually be a positive sign. Our struggles may actually be a sign of growing pains in our spiritual life—we may even be on the verge of making a major breakthrough.
This gives me hope to keep going. It gives me hope that by digging deeper and wrestling with my inner fears and feelings of self-doubt I can have hope that I will come out the other side closer to God. This is the kind of encouragement I need to keep going and heed his advice: “Don’t Give Up!” I hope you find it helpful as well.