ROCKS TO ROADS

Sur­viv­ing the avalanche

Activated - - FRONT PAGE - By Maria Fon­taine, adapted MARIA FON­TAINE AND HER HUS­BAND, PETER AM­S­TER­DAM, ARE DI­REC­TORS OF THE FAM­ILY IN­TER­NA­TIONAL, A CHRIS­TIAN COM­MU­NITY OF FAITH.

IT’S UN­DER­STAND­ABLE TO LOOK AT WHAT’S AHEAD WITH SOME TREP­I­DA­TION. Maybe as you look back you see the strug­gles, un­cer­tainty, and per­haps even set­backs that have shaken your life. Sor­rows and dis­ap­point­ments that were pretty over­whelm­ing may still weigh on your heart. That can make the fu­ture seem in­tim­i­dat­ing.

Here's the good news! In spite of all those things that can turn our lives up­side down with­out warn­ing, we have God's never-fail­ing prom­ises that He will be right there at our side to guide and em­power us, and to bring His peace, com­fort, and faith to fill our hearts.

He's there to help us carry on through the storms and strug­gles of life. He is with us to guide us to the hope and light of a new day with Him. He can even use the dif­fi­cul­ties we en­counter to strengthen us and help us move for­ward.

Here's the pic­ture: Vol­leys of rocks are in­ces­santly pelt­ing you, rain­ing down on you. It feels like you've been hit by an avalanche. Th­ese rocks are the trou­bles and set­backs and dis­cour­ag­ing events, the suf­fer­ings and sor­rows that are a part of this life.

I think we've all faced those painful and po­ten­tially de­bil­i­tat­ing vol­leys of “rocks” of con­dem­na­tion, de­pres­sion, sor­row, or fear. The good news is, we don't have to let them cripple our fu­ture. How they af­fect our lives has so much to do with our at­ti­tude to­ward them. Th­ese “rocks” we're be­ing hit with may be the re­sult of dis­torted per­cep­tions, mis­un­der­stand­ings, or wrong imag­in­ings. Or they may be based on re­al­ity. But ei­ther way, we have a Sav­ior who can help us dis­pel what isn't real, bring a greater good from the gen­uine dif­fi­cul­ties, and help us through the chal­lenges, so that we can grow wiser, stronger, and more like Him.

When we fo­cus on the facts of God's prom­ises and His love for us and our loved ones, th­ese “pro­jec­tiles” that threaten de­struc­tion will in­stead fall, crushed on the ground at our feet, where the rains of His love can turn them into a solid path to help us on our way.

Have you ever seen crushed lime­stone? It looks like dusty gravel, but when it is spread over a dirt road, some­thing amaz­ing hap­pens. The rains don't wash it away. In­stead, the lime­stone re­acts to the wa­ter by be­com­ing a very hard sur­face, sim­i­lar to ce­ment, that turns the rut-prone dirt into a road that is highly re­sis­tant to wa­ter and ero­sion.

That's like the trans­for­ma­tion God can bring about in our life. When we refuse to let our trou­bles de­feat us and choose to bring them to Him, He can show us how to turn them into de­ter­mi­na­tion and greater faith.

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