I would love to introduce my friend, Laura Poole. Laura lives in South Carolina and has such a sweet and soft personality. Please welcome Laura in the comments.
In early spring, my son Josh and I joined my husband James in Pensacola for a short vacation. James had been working a temporary travel job that was ending. We decided to seize the opportunity to spend a few days in this bay-front town in Florida’s panhandle.
Pensacola is smaller than the University of Florida community to the east where I grew up, but it has the familiar old-Florida charm that marks many of its towns. Similar to Charleston, South Carolina, in its topography, Pensacola is comprised of several bays, ports, and beaches. With bridges connecting the bays to one another, the Gulf of Mexico was ever present, its waves slapping against the sides of the ports where container boats docked or crashing the shores of the white sandy beaches.
We also enjoyed the National Naval Aviation Museum, a real tribute to our nation’s military. Also housed at the naval station are the Blue Angels, an elite flight demonstration squadron. A beautiful lighthouse showcased an incredible panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico, and of course, we sampled the local seafood at Hemingway’s Island Grill on the waterfront. Pensacola is a family-friendly vacation spot with many affordable activities, and some, like the beaches, museum, and multiple parks are free.
We had a relaxing time once we were in Pensacola soaking in the sun and enjoying the tourist sites. I say this because getting there wasn’t quite so easy. Living in South Carolina, we had to drive through Atlanta to get to Pensacola. Do I hear a collective groan from others who’ve driven through Atlanta?
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I’m a natural-born worrier, so the idea of driving through Atlanta was daunting. Even if you choose to drive the bypass around it, you’re truly not avoiding crazy traffic because thousands of drivers do the same. While the twelve-lane interstate running through downtown Atlanta is not appealing, the I-285 bypass, sporting six to eight lanes, is ranked the deadliest interstate in the U.S.
As I clutched the steering wheel, prayed, and sang along with my Joey + Rory Hymns That Are Important To Us CD, I wondered if I’d safely get to the other side.
We frequently feel that way when we walk through trials, don’t we?
We often pray:
I’m not sure I can do this, Lord…I’m not strong enough…I’m not gifted to do this task…Maybe there’s another way besides going through the fire or passing through the river.
I’m reminded that Moses prayed like this when God tapped him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
God did not miraculously clear the traffic for me, but he did give me the grace sufficient to get through it, just as He has done in every trial, large or small, that I’ve walked through in life (2 Corinthians 12:9).
He is the Lord our God, after all.
Is anything too hard for Him? (Jeremiah 32:17, 27)
Sure, we’re supposed to do our part to resolve difficulties in our lives, but sometimes the resolution isn’t quick or easy. Instead of focusing on a way out or getting mired down in despair, we can rest in the assurance of God’s comfort, and trust Him to see us through.
How can we pray for you as you go through a trial? Please leave us a comment.
Author info: Laura Hodges Poole is a freelance writer with dozens of articles, devotions, and short stories in publication. She is the author of four books and has contributed to two others, all available on Amazon. She is a 2014 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis semi-finalist and a 2012 Romance Writers of America Emily finalist (second place) in Christian fiction. Laura is also a non-fiction ghostwriter/collaborator. Her passion is encouraging others in their Christian walk through her blog, “A Word of Encouragement.” When she’s not writing, you might find her hiking, playing the piano, or being crafty. A mother of two, Laura lives in South Carolina with her husband and son.
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If you want to read more devotionals on this topic, pick up a copy of Laura’s devotional, While I’m Waiting: Going from despair to hope while praising God and choosing contentment during trials.
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