By: Stephanie Hofelich
Readings: Psalm 32; Joshua 4:1-13; 2 Corinthians 4:16
When I was a senior in high school, a former teacher of mine was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She had been told she had no more than five years left. A few months after that diagnosis, I overheard her talking to someone else about the situation. The words she said have stuck with me ever since: “I don’t pray for God to take this away. I pray for Him to give me the strength to get through it.” I firmly believe it was this attitude that has kept her with us fourteen years after that initial diagnosis. Those words have stayed with me ever since.
It was exactly nine years ago today that I faced my greatest trial. The time following that was filled with more darkness than I’ve ever known. I prayed constantly for God to take it all away – to just make me feel happy again. Eventually, I remembered my teacher saying, “I pray for Him to give me the strength to get through it.” I began to pray for strength and courage just to get out of bed and put one foot in front of the other for one more day.
During this season of courage, I’ve been remembering these two events more and more. They remind me that life isn’t about finding the easy way out. It’s about finding the courage to face our trials head on. It’s about getting up no matter what tries to knock us down. It’s about remembering to pray for the strength and courage to face the darkness and find the light.
Dear Lord, We do not pray for you to take away our trials. We pray for you to give us the strength and the courage to face the darkness head on so that we may find the light. Stand by us through life’s difficulties and remind us to stand up whenever we should fall down. In your name we pray. Amen.