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"There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere." Jane Austen
We are, to say the least, adaptable. Creatures of habit and comfort, wherever and however that might be accomplished. One may find it in a grand mansion and nowhere else, and another may find it in rolling hills and a quaint cottage. Still more may be forced to find it ramshackle hovels, carving out a home in a nearly uninhabitable tenement.
Adaption to the present form of life is one of our keys to existence. For how many times do circumstances fail to progress as planned? How often must we re-chart our course when we find ourselves drifting, or worse, in the midst of a storm we had not predicted? Our first reaction may be frustration or despair, but resilience takes over and we find ourselves working toward a new goal- one which we couldn't before see. Resignation takes place of irksome regrets, and since one scheme failed, we turn to another with full vigor.
We search for comfort, we stretch out our roots; we long to be planted in fertile ground and bathed in tropical rains. "Little rubs and disappointments" are to be expected. And to some extent, accepted. But even when a great disappointment befalls us, the fact remains that we are stronger than we imagine ourselves to be. Somewhere in the make-up of our creation, God put in a big heap of resilience and a healthy dose of adaption.
I was awed and strengthened by seeing the families that suffered so greatly because of natural occurrences. As Kelly put it "we just kept doing the next thing." The families' peace in the midst of their storm is tangibly felt in the interviews. I was awestruck by their faith. God equipped us with some strengths of our own, but He also gave us Himself, for times when flesh just isn't enough. Which is not only when the storm is raging, but in every day, every hour.
Think you can't go on? I implore you to think again. Have no place else to turn to? Then turn to Him. He is bigger than your storm, greater than your trial, more powerful than your windswept world.
"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me." Psalm 138:7
"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn." Isaiah 54:17
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you... let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27
"... in the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world." John 16:33