Dan and I just heard about a fun tourist spot an hour away from Brasília. We are much too busy to go now, but the thought of being able to travel there after this hectic semester puts a spring in my step.
The Flamboyant tree in front of the American school was looking dry and dead last month. But after three very short episodes of rain it has burst into gorgeous bloom. It’s almost as if the promise of the upcoming rainy season was enough to get it going.
How much more do the promises of God enable us to go forward in times of busyness, drought and hardship! When our days are long and our steps are dragging, His words give hope and courage. Psalm 119:50 says, “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promises preserve my life.” A few verses later it reads, “I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.”
Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us, that His strength is made perfect in our weakness, AND that He would prepare a place for us in heaven. Those few promises (of many) are enough to hang onto in times of trouble. May God help us to stop worrying and start resting on Him. This old hymn reminds us:
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail
Standing on the promises of God.