Montana mid-winter warnings have stretched across half our state this week. It was also the week my husband had to travel.
Ice, wind, and blowing conditions made visibility less than five percent in spots. On the other side of his trip, lay a training course that was the only one of its kind and wouldn’t be repeated if Bill missed it. These are the moments when we flex our faith muscles. So many times we Christians see the conditions, the five senses scenarios, and make our decisions based on those. But this is when we must go back to the Word and trust what it says.
“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” 2 Corinthians 5:7
We knew God wanted him to go. Between Billings and Laurel, two wrecks and the storm and icy roads made my husband consider turning around and coming home. Laurel is 15 minutes from our house. But he kept going, hoping it would get better. For the next 50 miles sheets of ice-covered the road and the wind blew him around like a ping-pong ball. He slowly inched along. He finally made it to a town that in normal conditions would be an hour drive. It took him three hours. He started noticing that he was getting more confident and it was a little easier as he went. He made it to the first mountain pass and blindly followed the lights in front of him. He still had hours to go before he would be there in these conditions. As he drove through the pass, the mountains opened before him and so did the clouds. The sun was out, the snow was merely a skiff. His next hour of driving would be better. He continued on almost dry roads and balmy conditions compared to our side of the state. WOW! What a relief. When he got back the next day after traveling back through the storms, he said to me, “After that trip, I know I can drive through anything.”
What a difference in his confidence! Did he get that faith and confidence from the storm? No, he got it from persevering through the storm. No matter what conditions we see in life we sometimes have to just push forward anyway. God knows where you are in life. You have to believe that promise that He will never not help you out of something when it gets to be too much.
“There hath no temptation (adversity) taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation (adversity) also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
God bless you today!