Not all journeys are plain sailing!
Sometimes it’s our equipment that lets us down, we discover, too late, the waterproofing on the jacket isn’t as good as it once was, there’s a hole in our boots, zips burst. Sometimes it’s our bodies that disappoint; muscles ache and blisters hurt.
God is still there.
Always present, ever faithful.
Always renewing, ever leading.
Planting within us the strength to endure,
To keep on keeping on,
And seeking that treasure,
That divine dream or kingdom seed which He planted within.
You know when we struggle,
You sense when we fall,
And you are there to lift us up,
To wipe away our tears and to nurse our disappointments.
Grant us rest when we need it,
But fuel our desire to seek,
Journeying on until we find your treasures.
13 when slandered, we speak kindly. We have become like the rubbish of the world, the dregs of all things, to this very day.
14 I am not writing this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15 For though you might have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Indeed, in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 I appeal to you, then, be imitators of me. 17 For this reason I sent you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ Jesus, as I teach them everywhere in every church. 18 But some of you, thinking that I am not coming to you, have become arrogant. 19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God depends not on talk but on power. 21 What would you prefer? Am I to come to you with a stick, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?