I get a laugh out of the Southwest Airlines commercials where someone does something that is embarrassing, if not humiliating, and it shows a picture of them on a Southwest jet with the idea of just getting away.  I have had those moments where “get me out of here” is the prominent thought going through my head because I did not want to be seen by anyone for fear of what would be said or thought about me; how people would look at me.

Today, I feel I better understand how satan uses those times to crush us.  “You are a fool.”  “You are weak.”  “You should go hide because everyone is laughing at you now.”  Those are some of the things satan wants us to hear in those moments of pain and humiliation. 

In these moments I have learned to run to Romans 8.  Verse 18 says “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  Verse 28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  And verse 31-35 says What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”

God is here with me.  He’s there with you too.  Nothing, as hard as it may seen, can separate us from the love and the mercy and the power of God if that is where we choose to live.

God, keep my eyes on you and not the things around me that scare me.  Keep me locked on you and the joy I will find there.

Grace and peace to you.
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