“Then the Spirit lifted me up...”
It's been two years of unrelenting
struggle in our nation and in our world and some
are growing weary. Between the pandemic, rapidly escalating inflation, natural disasters, unrest
at home, and war abroad, the proverbial “other
shoe” may seem like it’s dropping every other day.
A 2021 Pew Research Center poll found that for a high percentage of Americans, feelings of isolation, career and financial outlooks, physical and emotional health, and general daily quality of life had all taken a negative turn in comparison with pre-2020 living.
Let’s add some biblical perspective. These troubles should not catch us by surprise. Jesus said in John 16:33, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
For believers, the Overcomer is present to help us overcome as well. If we feel isolated, or if we know someone who is isolated (the Pew poll found 45% of those over age 65 felt greater loneliness), we have new opportunities to reach out virtually or in person to brighten long days. If our financial outlook is changing—we’re not able to enjoy the same lifestyles—we can grow spiritually as we rededicate ourselves to “be content with such things” as we have. “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5). We can count on the strength to continue to care for the sick, even when we ourselves are tired. We are given the grace to seek to understand and encourage those who are anxious or depressed.
We can do all these things because, as Isaiah 40:31 says, “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
The Holy Spirit works on our behalf. The Helper goes before us to make a way.
The Spirit is an encourager and lifter.
Pastor Adrian Rogers put it this way: “God promises us the ability to fly in the rugged times of life. And He uses the eagle as an example. The eagle loves the storm. He sits there on his ledge, and when he feels that air being heated by the desert floor and those thermal drafts are coming up early in the morning, he steps off his perch and he lifts those mighty wings of his, and begins to soar. And the faster the winds blow, and the more convection there is in the air, he just rises higher and higher. He just soars on the wind.”
Are you soaring? About 20% of those in the Pew poll found silver linings around the clouds they were facing— unexpected positives related to the struggles of the past couple of years.
We hope you can see the silver too! In this issue, you can read about the profound truths we’re exploring in May and June at LWF: 1) We share Jesus as we anticipate His return, and 2) God rules over life’s storms. You’ll also find the encouraging story of a young man and his grandfather who volunteer their time to serve with our ministry. You’ll read about exciting plans for even greater ministry impact, plans we’re able to make because of your partnership with LWF. And you’ll hear from people who are coming to Christ and growing in their faith—all because you have heard God’s call and joined in sharing the Gospel.
We want you to know that we appreciate you now more than ever. We rely first and always on Jesus Christ, but in a human sense, you add extra lift to the wind beneath our wings at Love Worth Finding. May God bless you and yours daily!
Until He Returns,
Cary E. Vaughn, CEO