“The rest were to get there on planks or on pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land in safety.”
It is a common misconception that the Christian’s walk of faith is strewn with roses. And that when God intervenes in the lives of His people, He does so in such a wonderful way as to always lift us out of our difficult surroundings and into the lap of comfort.
However, the real experience is quite the opposite. And the message of the Bible is one of alternating trials and triumphs in the lives of everyone…from Abel to the last martyr.
Paul, more than anyone else, is an example of how much we can suffer without being defeated or broken in spirit:
Due of his testimony in Damascus, Paul was hunted down by persecutors and forced to flee for his life. Yet we see no heavenly chariot, amid lightning bolts of fire, coming to rescue him from the hands of his enemies. God instead worked a simple way of escape for Paul: “His followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall” (Acts 9:25).
Yes…the servant of God, Paul, in an old clothes basket, like a bundle of laundry was lowered from a window over the wall of Damascus to escape his foes.
God’s promises and His providence do not lift us from the world of common sense and everyday trials, because it is through these very things that our faith is perfected.
It is my prayer that God will interweave His love with the twists and turns of our common, everyday experiences and lift us from hard places into the way of faith…amen!