“Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.” Romans 12:12 GNT
A year ago, my daughter’s husband learned he’d lost his teaching job due to budget cuts. We all began praying because he needed some way to support his six (soon to be 7) children. But nothing seemed to be working. There just weren’t any jobs for Josh – except for one – a very slim possibility for a ministry job here in PA, about 2 hours from us.
They decided to make a trip home to visit us and “since they were coming anyway,” the church agreed to meet with Josh, inviting him to preach as a guest. It was a long shot because the church didn’t really consider him a candidate. They felt he lived too far away and moving expenses would be too costly.
So off the family started on their adventure. It turned out to be the trip from hell – on the two hottest days of the year and plagued with van problems. But amazingly enough, the children did well on the trip, even during the four times they spent long hours parked on the side of the Interstate waiting for help. Their hope kept them joyful and there wasn’t much else they could do but be patient and pray through their troubles!
When they finally made it safely to our house, the ordeal still wasn’t over. For the next four weeks, we all prayed for the van to be fixed. But God used the time to work out the details so the “long shot” ministry job could become a reality!
From the depths of my heart, Lord, I thank you for a powerful lesson to let “hope keep us joyful, to be patient in troubles and to pray at all times!”