By Pastor Tim Eaton
As we go through life, the challenges we face are often the things we want to happen least of all. Many of us will live life trying to sidestep and avoid every challenge that comes our way. Even if you are the adventurous type who loves “A Challenge,” these tend to be in superficial areas.
Maybe you have completed a marathon, or climbed Mt. Whitney. Those are tough challenges, but somehow they seem much more pleasant than the ones life throws at us.
It’s the challenges we don’t choose that truly test what we are made of. Maybe it’s the loss of a job, the infidelity of a spouse, the illness of a child, the loss of a loved one – or even the chance of a lifetime. These challenges may demand more from us than we ever could have imagined or trained for.
The only thing we can be certain of is that these challenges will come. Very few of us will finish life without encountering challenges bigger than ourselves.
So, what do we do? How do we face them? Do we buckle down and man up? Do we find wisdom and solace in friends? Absolutely. But often, that just isn’t enough. When challenges are bigger than us, we need help that is bigger than us!
Psalm 46 gives hope: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble, therefore we will not fear.”
When praying for personal strength, the apostle Paul heard from God, “My grace is sufficient for you, My strength is made perfect in weakness,” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Help your children discover God’s strength at Edgewater’s Everest Vacation Bible School: Conquering Challenges With God’s Mighty Power. This event will be held July 20 to 24, at Ramirez Middle School. For more information and to register online, visit http://edgewaterlutheran.org/#/events/vacation-bible-school.
Edgewater Lutheran Church meets Sundays at 10 a.m., worshipping at Harada Elementary, 12884 Oakdale Street, Eastvale, CA, 92880; http://www.EdgewaterLutheran.org.