Sis. Cindy Feeman
I recently watched an old "Gunsmoke" video where Marshall Dillon was tracking an outlaw to bring him to justice. The journey started out very smoothly because the tracks were easy to follow. But the farther he went the rougher the trail got, through rough and rugged terrain, hills, valleys, dry baroness with no sight of any tracks... he continued on through hardness, the doubt and feeling of hopelessness... trusting in the outcome of his destination.
FAITH is just like that journey you have never been on before. You can only trust in the words of experienced travelers before you that have been down that path. Like faith, you won't see evidence that the final destination is worth it until you take that first step.
As you step you will hear whispers of experienced hikers... "Stay on track" .... "Follow the course". Even when its through the rough and rocky terrain and you may stagger and stumble... just keep trusting... climbing those rough rocks will help you get to the top... the victory.
As the feeling of doubt and hopelessness beats down on you and you may feel weak and tired on this journey... God will be that cool refreshing drink that can restore.
Matt. 11:28 "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."
Acts 3:20 "...that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord."
PRAYER FOR REFRESHING
Lord, strengthen the weary and renew our hearts. Revive us when we are dying and make new the dead, the stagnant and the broken. Purify our hearts so that we can find times of refreshing in your presence. We ask that you fill us to overflowing, because we can't pour out if we are empty and dry. Just being with you is what we long for. Refresh us, Lord, as we travel this path.
So continue on your journey, the victory will be beautiful and glorious!