In perplexities — when we cannot tell what to do, when we cannot understand what is going on around us — let us be calmed and steadied and made patient by the thought that what is hidden from us is not hidden from Him.
–Frances Ridley Havergal
All of us have wondered at times why God doesn’t do more to fix our problems. But our human eyes often fail to see that God isn’t rushing to change our circumstances because he is concerned with a much more serious problem — our character. While you struggle with the woes of this world, God’s main occupation is preparing you for the world to come. The focus of what God is doing in your life takes place in you, not around you.
–Andy Stanley, in “Like A Rock”
A difficult crisis can be more readiliy endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose — a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.
Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.
God has a thousand ways
Where I can see not one;
When all my means have reached their end
Then His have just begun.
Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.