Don't Look at the Pier
Written by Robert Truesdale   
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:37

                                                                DON’T LOOK AT THE PIER

 

     It’s kind of funny living back here in Daytona. I visited here during Spring Break some 35 years ago. I was traveling with some pals from the track team at my college. Daytona holds a race each year called the Easter Beach Run. I think it’s a 5k. No big deal right? After all, it’s only 3 miles. When the beach is your track however, the finish line is always in sight and you never seem to get any closer to it! I couldn’t keep up with the track guys. They were gone. It was hot. The sun was penetrating. And there lay the pier, only 3 miles away. Every time I looked at the finish line, it seemed just as far away as the last time I looked. I wasn’t sure I could finish. The heat, my stomach, the suffocating humidity. “Why is that pier not getting any closer?”

     Fast forward. I’m 56 years old. I went through a painful divorce 7 years ago and lost my mom one year later. Two years ago, my best friend Shaggy had to be put to sleep. No more running buddy. No more face in the front window. No more puppy going wild when I’d walk in the door. Just a quiet house, and now, a quiet life. Single life in your fifties is not what it was in your thirties. I’ve tried online dating, flirting, and grumbling to God, a lot! The pier doesn’t seem to be getting any closer. As I’ve since learned when jogging, don’t focus on how much of the run is left. “Just walk. I’ve got a cramp. It’s not there today. I can’t do this!” The whispers in my ear never go away. Just like in life. “It’s been 7 years. Your prayers aren’t working! This is as good as it gets. Make the best of it!” If you’ve ever logged any time in the pit of despair, you know exactly what I’m talking about. But you know what? It’s a bunch of lies and garbage! The accuser of the brethren would like nothing more than for you and me to pull the proverbial covers over our head, hit the snooze button on life, and go back to bed. Just quit! He knows he’s already lost us to Christ, but he sure doesn’t want anybody else hearing those incredible words of life, healing, truth, grace, forgiveness, hope, eternity, strength, purpose, and redemption that Jesus Christ offers. He is not willing that any should perish. He said so! (2Peter 3:9) David, in the pit of hopelessness and in a cave of fear declared, “I have put my hope in your word.” (Psalm 119:81) Amen! Sometimes, no oftentimes, that’s all we have. And all we have happens to be all we need! I’ve never seen a burning bush. God hasn’t spoken to me in visions or through angels. What He has given me and you is His word. It is truth, grace, hope, encouragement, instruction, warning, and every other good thing we will need in this life to live victoriously, humbly, obediently, and patiently as we wait for Him to bless, redeem, deliver, and ultimately take us home.  “God is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask, think or imagine.” (Ephes. 3:20) Wow! He does and He will. Trust Him today. Wait patiently for Him to deliver and make things right. Seek out someone genuinely hurting and be a blessing to them. Use your gifts and talents to help further His kingdom purposes right around you. Get together with committed brothers and sisters for prayer and encouragement. Cry out to Him. He will answer! He never left you. He’s got this covered!

 
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