"Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." John 7:38

Ugh! Not Again!

This was my house on Monday, Feb 10. The sun was shining, and the TV weathermen predicted we’d pass the freezing mark by Thursday! Hope springs eternal!

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This is my house on Monday, Feb 17. We still haven’t gotten above freezing, and the TV weathermen tell us we can expect another eight inches of snow.

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Ugh! Not again!

What else should I expect? It’s the middle of February in the Midwest. It’s going to be cold. It’s going to snow. This is life… for now. But this isn’t life forever; we know spring will come because God tells us it will.

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Genesis 8:22

We wouldn’t for a minute doubt that it will eventually get warm. We can trust God’s Word. What God says always comes to pass. Which is a good thing; because I wonder how often God looks at me and says, “Ugh! Not again!”

How often do I frustrate God? Do I give Him more than enough reasons to think about giving up and moving away from me? Do I push Him to the limit of His perseverance?

When I hoped for a thaw and it only got colder was my frustration as great as God’s when he hoped I would finally learn an important lesson, only to see me fail again …and again?

When I looked for sunshine and saw clouds, was I as disappointed as God was when He looked for me to give Him glory, but instead saw me take credit for a work that He did?

Does God think, “It’s just Marcia! She’s going to fall short, she’s going to disappoint. This is her life… for now. But this isn’t her life forever; I know who I’m making her into, I know who she will be!”

Fortunately God promises me that He will never give up on me. And, He will never give up on you!

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NIV

God’s promises enable us to hold out for spring, and they also enable us to hold on to hope that we are not yet who we will become. And, God assures us that He won’t come to an end of patience with believers. He won’t give up on us, because He is…

“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” Exodus 34: 6-7 NIV

God knows that we are mere humans, fallen and sinful. God doesn’t wait for us to blossom into beautiful people before He lavishes His love on us. He loves us just as we are, cold, gray, dark and dreary, because He knows the warm, colorful, joyous and beautiful personalities He is developing within us.

Spring is on its way! And we can trust that God won’t give up on you or me, no matter how often we may cause Him to say, “Ugh, not again!”

Comments on: "Ugh! Not Again!" (15)

  1. Amber K. said:

    Praise God He doesn’t give up on us and wash His hands of us. Love these “snow” verses… The snow is fulfilling His plan just as He would want it. Isaiah 55:10-11 and Ps. 148:7-8

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  2. Lisa Peterson said:

    Great perspective on this snowy morning in NJ. Spring will come!!

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  3. Monica Matthias said:

    Thank you, Marcia. Needed this reminder today. 🙂

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  4. Amen, Lisa, Amen!

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  5. Cheryl Brandt said:

    Again, thanks Marcia for your encouraging, God inspired words! God is so good!

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  6. Thanks Cheryl, I think God wants me to get a grip on my snowy attitude LOL and start thinking about this from His perspective LOL

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  7. Bev Brewer said:

    It isn’t hard to be a christian, but we sure make it hard.

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  8. hahahahaha, yes, Bev, we surely do!

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  9. Vonnie said:

    How appropriate your thoughts are, Marcia! I’m sure He sees me as dark and dreary at times also..and it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for the reminder that it doesn’t stay that way!! There is such hope in this message!!

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  10. Amen, Vonnie ♥

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  11. Janet Redeker said:

    This brightened my depressed mood!!! So thankful that God does not give up on me when I am feeling gloom and doom because with Him there is joy and peace!!!

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  12. 🙂 Yes Janet, he’s working on me too!

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  13. Bev Brewer said:

    Every day is a fresh start at walking the talk.
    soli deo gloria
    [to God be the glory, great things he has done]

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