Currently, I am typing this devotional on a different laptop and it doesn’t have any of the files I need to complete some very important tasks.
I know, I know.
I should have backed them up.
I just sighed.
I noticed the black blotch and huge white spot on my screen just as I was arriving at WUFO studios in Buffalo for my daily radio program.
As soon as I laid eyes on it I knew what had happened.
The same thing occurred in the spring of 2010.
I still remember it vividly.
Our then four-year-old hopped up on my bed and knocked my laptop onto the floor.
Instantly, the screen cracked and damaged the computer I’d only had for about eight or nine months.
I was hurt.
That time, however, the blotch was blue and began as a small spot. The difference was, it didn’t block out too much of the content. I could pretty much still see what I was working on despite the imperfection.
This time, I was not so fortunate. The damage is much worse. And you know what’s strange? I’m not even sure how it happened.
I didn’t drop it and cannot recall doing anything out of the ordinary.
How did this happen?
At this point, it doesn’t really matter how.
All I know is, there is a situation that must be addressed. And for the time being, I have to make the best of a bad situation.
Thank God I have access to an alternate system.
Life is that way sometimes, isn’t it?
Things break down. Unexpected setbacks manifest. Inconvenient interruptions invade our lives and we can’t always put a finger on why or even when things went bad.
When these scenario pops up, we are forced to deal with that new, albeit unpleasant, reality.
Ever been there?
Of course you have.
We all have.
For you, it may have been (or be right now) much more complicated than a broken computer screen that can be repaired relatively quickly in the hands of a skilled repairman.
Your relationship may have crumbled, either gradually or suddenly.
Someone you love and need might have passed on, leaving your world rocked.
Your financial security could have been compromised when a job opportunity was lost, a business dried up or an emergency drained your resources.
A loved one may be going through something negative that deeply affects you and you don’t know how to handle it.
Someone or something you were depending on failed you, leaving you scrambling to put the pieces of your life back together.
The foundation of your world could have been shaken by any given number of things.
But you know what? There is encouragement for you in all of this.
When the eventualities of life happen, eventually, things will get better. Life will regulate. You’ll get over this hump.
Now, circumstances may not be ideal, but you’ll make it through the bumpy ride and find your way back to a smooth path.
Don't get me wrong. I believe in the suddenly-moments God orchestrates where quick breakthroughs and immediate turnarounds manifest. They have happened in my own life. And if God wants that for you, in an instant, things will shift.
Don’t we all love that?
Yet, everything doesn’t work the same way.
Some seasons require a slow walk through the hot wilderness where you feel parched and weak. You go through that dark valley without knowing how you’ll make it out. There is where you are refined, matured and equipped for what's next.
But again, things will improve. It will all get better.
It will happen in God’s timing.
In the meantime, in the midst of the broken pieces, trust God to give you peace. Not only that, but look ahead toward the future with hope in His unfailing promises. Know that this hard season is temporary.
You’re coming out.
To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring 1 Peter 5:10 NASB into your cup of inspiration, which says, “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup it will empower you to keep on trusting the Lord in the meantime as you wait on your due time.
Galatians 6:9 assures us that in due season, we will reap if we don’t give up.
Friend, I know your “little while” might feel like a long while.
Again, don’t lose hope.
Before closing with prayer, I must make mention of "Thoughtful Thursdays," which is a time when our ministry team joins our faith together and intercedes for you in earnest.
Today is no different, though the requests will not be posted here due to my technical difficulties.
But know that our entire faith community is standing together, expecting God to move and answer.
God, when I am going through seasons of challenges, heartaches and difficulties, help me remain focused on Your promise of a brighter future. I declare by faith that my suffering will end in rejoicing and You will bring me out of this low place at the appointed time. I thank You for the victory that is already mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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