I've been camping in I Corinthians 1:8-10 the past few days---
"We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And He did rescue us from mortal danger, and He will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in Him, and He will continue to rescue us."
I feel the same as Paul did---crushed and overwhelmed. Sometimes I feel like I can't go on, and I can't imagine how I'm going to live through this. But the good great best news is that I can rely on the God who breathes life back into dead, dry bones. Even mine.
I hear Paul strengthening himself in the Lord in the last two sentences of that passage. I can just feel his faith rising as he reminds both his readers and himself that God did rescue him, will rescue him, and will continue to rescue him.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who has to remind herself of the truth. Over and over and over. And it's reassuring to think that as I do, maybe, eventually, others will see and hear my faith rising. And somehow that will strengthen their own faith, too.
Just like mine was strengthened by seeing Paul's.
Where are you camping? What are some verses your heart is stuck on this week?