In the middle of a brutal situation, it can be difficult to feel the difference faith provides. How can God’s promises help us through difficult circumstances?
How can God’s promises help us through difficult circumstances? Consider this illustration.
It is Friday night and a young lady is at home waiting for her longtime boyfriend to pick her up for dinner. They have not selected a particular time for their date, but by six o’clock, she is waiting in her room for her evening to begin.
And then it’s 6:10. Soon, 6:30.
Finally, at 6:42, she hears a “honk” from her driveway. Fighting back disappointment, she storms to her boyfriend’s car and climbs into the passenger seat.
“Where do you want to go?” he asks.
“I don’t care,” she says. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“Panera?” he suggests.
His dad manages the local Panera, so it’s clear her boyfriend isn’t interested in spending a lot of money on her. And what could be meaningful about bagels?
They pull away. When they arrive at the restaurant, she dutifully “picks two.”
He is quiet, a sure sign of his distraction and detachment. Each slurp of her broccoli cheddar drains away her soup and her hope for a wonderful evening.
“Wanna go to the beach?” he asks.
The beach? Oh, boy. If she knew he wanted to go to the beach she would not have worn her cardigan sweater. What a disaster! Could anything have changed this evening?
Now imagine the start of that same evening again. But now, at six o’clock, the young lady’s phone rings and it’s her friend, calling from the mall.