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“Remember, we’re not running this course for our benefit, we’re running this course because it’s our assignment.  This is what we’re supposed to be doing.  How we feel about it is irrelevant.  It’s what we have been called to do.  You were apprehended for a purpose.”

I don’t remember where I read this, but I do remember when.  It was during a time of great pain and confusion, when all I had to hold on to was the fact that God knew me and loved me anyway.  It wasn’t a warm, fuzzy time of “Let’s praise God and pretend everything’s okay.”  It was a time of “I may get through all of this battle-scarred and blood-covered, but by the Grace of God, I will get through.  And I will still be standing, even if I’m standing alone.”

Vision is great, but sometimes all we really want is air and water.  There were times I did not think I would make it;  times when it seemed like every demon in hell was after me.  But sometimes, this is where our assignment takes us- straight into hell.  Whether or not we have a purpose is the last thing on our mind in a time of crisis.  Trauma trumps everything.  Except God.

“Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13,14