2 Corinthians 12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
This past week has kind of been a blur and huge adventure all at once.
It’s held joy and tears, fear and courage, and overall its required tremendous faith.
You know when you’re in a dry valley for a seemingly long time and you have to climb the rugged edges of that one, last cliff before you finally reach the top of the mountain?
Well, Thursday morning at 3am our journey across Italy began and it was only by His never-ending grace that we’ve made it this far.
From almost missed flights, many adrenaline rush moments, visiting our dear friends in Pisa, meeting new missionaries, attending an Italian service, stepping into the unknown, exploring new places, extremely long days, taking each step by faith, missed train stops, countless cappuccino’s and most importantly learning in a completely vivid way that when God calls someone to live by faith, He will also guide the way.
Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy
I’ve never had to step outside of my comfort zone as much as I have this past week, and yet I don’t regret a single moment of it.
God provided sweet friendship and many joy-filled moments along the way which was such a blessing and a reminder to me of His constant faithfulness.
Honestly, there was moments where fear threatened to take me over and I couldn’t keep going forward in my own strength, but I had to surrender myself and completely rely on Him.
There was moments where I felt like the least courageous person in the world and I couldn’t help but wonder why He had put someone like me in certain circumstances. However, now I look back on this week and see how essential each and every second of it was to be able to reach the mountain top.
This past week, I learned how much I am not.
I realized just how much I allow fear to paralyze me and how weak I really am in and of myself.
I realized the importance of relying on God in every situation.
I often attempt to thrive on my own strength and then when I hit my limits, I don’t know what to do or where to go, but that’s an entirely different story when we place our focus solely on God.
Unlike me, He doesn’t hold limits.
His strength doesn’t run out like mine so quickly does.
And it was in the midst of my own weakness that I found His strength.
I think, God often leads people through valley’s so we can experience in an extremely real way how much we desperately need Him.
You see, it’s not often on the mountain tops that we’re passionately searching for His strength but it’s in the valley’s where we realize how much we are not and how much He really is.
I don’t know if you’re currently trudging across a valley or drowning in discouragement, but I want to encourage you to rely on God.
I know, it’s extremely difficult to live out.
But just know that even during the valley you can drop your heavy burdens at Jesus’ feet, know that even in your weakness, He will give you strength and even though the valley seems to be never-ending know that by His grace you’ll reach the end and soon you’ll realize that each and every one of those tiring, weary steps will be worth the unexplainable joy that is waiting for you along the journey and at the mountain top.
Simply take it day by day placing your faith in Him and I know that by His grace, you’ll make it there.
Love and blessings,