At two weeks of age my daughter had open-heart surgery to repair a rare congenital heart defect. For the next two months, she fought for her life. Every day was a struggle with one step forward and two steps back. Over the next year, she would continue her battle. A simple common cold would put her back in the hospital for weeks, causing her growth and development to fall behind once again. It was a difficult and devastating time for our family.
What they say is true: life is precious, fragile, and sometimes too short. But life is also strong. God has created our amazing, complicated, intricate bodies to be strong and resilient. When faced with struggles, we will fight to survive them, no matter how difficult.
Our Creator already knows the struggles we will face, both physically and mentally. He knows us better than anyone on this earth, and He has known us from the moment our lives began in the womb. We can push and fight through life’s challenges on our own, or we can battle them with God. He longs for us to call on him for the strength we need to fight our battles.
What struggles are you facing today? What battle seems too difficult to fight on your own? Ask God to be the strength you need to get through this challenging time. Ask Him to give you the strength you need to endure to the end. Your Father, who knows your inmost being, is waiting and ready to fight.
You are the strength I need to face the challenges of life. You created me and know every part of me. Nothing takes You by surprise, and nothing is more powerful than You. Alone, I am not strong enough, but with You I can endure the challenges of this life. Amen
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