Day 6 Getting Through It Together

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Sprit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 

Romans 8:26-28

I love road trip adventures. I love to see new things, listen to music, eat at weird restaurants, and visit with my companions… I cannot recall an adventure that I haven’t enjoyed. That is NOT to say that things have never gone terribly wrong. In fact, thinking back now, the road trips I remember most fondly are the ones that have had an element (or two) of insanity. Is that normal, I wonder?

I think there’s really something to be said for getting through a hairy situation with other people… it’s kind of a “unity multiplier”, I think. Perhaps that’s why my memories of trip trouble end up being so positive. I remember the feeling of closeness to my companion(s) when circumstances were rough. It is one of my favorite feelings… overcoming something together.

About a year ago, we started the Not Just a Building “adventure”, and now, nearly half way through this crazy trip of working towards better space in which we can show Jesus to those who don’t know Him, maybe you’re not where you thought you’d be when the trip started. Maybe life has taken on “an element of insanity”, and you find yourself scrambling to accomplish the demands of a single day, let alone spend time with Jesus through prayer, worship, and reading. If you find yourself in this spot, it’s time to pull the car over, take a nap, and then look at things with fresh eyes.

It is easy to forget that even when we are by ourselves we are not alone. Jesus is always available to be with us. Are you taking advantage of this? We are close to friends when we reach out to them. The same is true with Jesus. And while he doesn’t overcome obstacles for us, he is with us through the obstacles and takes a lot of the obstacle’s power away… recalibrating us, and giving us hope and renewed focus on the truly important things in this life.

How are you reaching out to Jesus right now? Through prayer? Through reading the Bible? Through worship and serving? Consider stepping up in one of these areas through the end of the year and assess your situation again at the end of that time.