Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tenacity

For the past few days we've had 20 to 60 mph winds and they are brutal; I keep expecting tree branches to land on the roof...

I had also expected that these vicious winds would strip the trees of all their colorful leaves...


but as you can see from the video, they have not!
(if video does not appear click here http://thinking-on-these-things.blogspot.com/2010/10/tenacity.html)

These are autumn leaves - they are already on their way out - they've got just a few more weeks until they fall to earth and die - their summer season is over yet they are still hanging on and holding firm for all they are worth. Their glory days are over and these winds are fierce yet these leaves are tenacious!

How tenacious are we when the winds blow? It is easier to be dedicated and have that bulldog determination when we're younger or the situation is new but how about when the winds are familiar as we have already had to hold on through many previous storms? When this is not your first rodeo, dance, or trip around the block; how do you hold on when you don't feel as strong or you're not as young as you used to be?

I Corinthians 4:2 tells us, "Now it is required that those that have been given a trust must prove faithful."  But how do we do that?

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the Father." Hebrews 2:2

"Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps." I Peter 2:21

We can remain faithful because we are not blazing the trail on this path of pain and difficulty. Christ has walked it before us, and now He walks it with us. We are never in the storms all alone.

"You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am...You both precede and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head." Psalms 139:3,5

There is One who is holding onto us, surrounding us, no matter how fierce the winds that blow.
If these leaves can hold on through these gusty winds, surely can not I hold on too when there is One who is holding me?

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