Thursday, October 4, 2012

Resilient


A faithful friend just shared this word with me.
We had been talking about the challenges of life,
of embracing and letting go,
of standing steadfast in the chaortic swirl.
We talked about resilience.
Resilience is the ability to work with adversity
in such a way that one comes through it unharmed
or even better for the experience.
Resilience means facing life’s difficulties
with courage and patience – refusing to give up.
It is the quality of character that allows a person
to rebound from misfortune, hardships and traumas.

I immediately thought of the passage in Isaiah
about waters and rivers and fires.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.

When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up
You are precious to Me.
    
You are honored, and I love you.
Isaiah 43:1-4

At the center of it all, resilience is trust.
It is knowing that He will never leave us.
Not if we go through, but when we go through.
When we go through deep waters,
rivers of difficulty, fires of oppression.
His promise to us—if we will trust and not flinch—
is He will be with us, we will not drown
and we will not get burned.
 
It is the testimony of the three in Daniel:
The fire had not hurt their bodies.
Their hair was not burned.
Their clothes were not burned.
They did not even smell like the fire.
There's a fourth Man standing there in the fire.
Lord, You are my courage and patience.
You make me resilient, able to go through 
waters, rivers and fires.
I fix my eyes on You that I might find grace
to hold the course and never give up.
May my life bring honor 
to Your name.




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