May I ask you a question? Life can be a real ride. Something happens and we peer down the road at what we expect are the natural results of that happening to be. Yet, we strain to see what we expect to see; and, usually, we expect the worse. Is it just due to human nature?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

I A little girl was taking a long journey, and in the course of the day her train crossed a number of rivers. The water seen in advance always awakened doubts and fears in the child. She did not understand how it could safely be crossed. As they drew near the river, however, a bridge appeared and furnished the way over. Several times the same thing happened, and finally the child learned back with a long breath of relief and confidence: “Somebody has put bridges for us all the way.”

Life is like that often, isn’t it? It can be a real ride. Something happens and we peer down the road at what we expect are the natural results of that happening to be. We strain to see what we expect to see; and, usually, we expect the worse. It’s human nature. The car breaks down and needs to be towed away to the repair shop. What will it cost this time to repair it? What if it is something we can’t afford to repair? We tell ourselves, “I need my car! I can’t afford to buy a new one. Now what?” We gaze down the road of life, whether it be unexpected repairs, sickness, a job lost, a friend or family member who has strayed, and all we can see are the deep caverns with rushing rivers of misfortune and doom crashing through them. There are no bridges, just deep hurt and hardship that we’re sure we will not be able to negotiate. Soon we lose confidence in ourselves, others, even God. When everything seems to pressing on you, it can be very difficult to remain confident, especially in yourself.

In a world so filled with sin, disappointment and sorrow are an everyday occurrence. Clouds of despair and stress make our company more often than we wish. And, sometimes, life is nothing more than a steady, chilling rain that robs us of our hope and puts our confidence into a tailspin. “Where is God? Why has he abandoned me. My life is a series of deep, uncrossable caverns; each one deeper and more treacherous than the last. If I stay on this path, I am certainly headed for calamity.” Yet, isn’t is remarkable that every time things seem at their worse, almost magically a bridge appears to pierce the darkness and span the sorrow. God is never far from us even when life seems to be the most pressing. In fact, it is at these times that we can know that He is truly at His closest.

Are you threatened today by life? As you look down the road, do you see pitfalls and certain trouble? If so, do not despair. Trust that God will hear and answer your prayers. Believe that your “times” are in God’s hands. Know that you are always safe in God’s almighty arms. Trouble ahead? Most certainly! Bridges ahead? Without a doubt! “Somebody has put bridges for us all the way!”

We pray: Heavenly Father, we believe that your hand is with us every step of the way. Forgive us Father when we lose hope and forget that Your hand rules over all things, and that Your hand upholds us, strengthens us and will guard every footstep that we take along the road of life today, and tomorrow. O Lord, help our unbelief. We so often look ahead at our lives and see only sorrow and trouble. Restore in us a right spirit, one that relies by faith on your promise that you will never leave us or forsake us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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