Week 2 - Summer - Kaohsiung
Struggle—that is what comes to mind when thinking about this past week. Some days, it has been difficult to make conversation. Some days, I have struggled personally with various things, whether it is missing home or cultural differences. The inward struggle has created huge walls that seem impossible to climb, yet He continues to show me how they are possible to overcome in Him. It is not an easy thing to see sometimes. We begin to bottle up our difficulties, thinking that will be better. Trust me, I am guilty of it. I despise admitting my weaknesses, even to God, the only one who can really help. I like to think that I have it under control, but I am so wrong. Looking to myself is not going to make the struggle any less. Admitting that you need Him or others is difficult and continues to be a learning process for me. By exposing yourself to Him, you are freed from the chains of struggle and worry. He wants to help carry your burden and to restore you. He wants to walk with you.
But through all the struggle, God remains faithful. That’s where the rewarding factor comes in. Through this past week, we have seen God work in several ways. He has opened up eyes to see the truth that comes from Him. I’ve seen Him work in the lives of the people that I met when I was here at Christmas. He works in mysterious and wonderful ways. He truly is amazing. I’ve felt relief in times of struggle when it seems impossible to overcome. He provides the strength and restoration that you need in the times of struggle.
1 Peter 5:10 ~ “Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little.” (HCSB)