My life's been a little shaky the last year. Our family left our church of 11 years, I left my job at the local pregnancy center where I'd been working for most of the last 12 years, started my dream job at my dream hospital - nursery and postpartum, began co-leading this small group, and my 10 yo son has a lump on his leg that is benign but will probably need to be removed at some point in the future.
There have been moments when I wanted to quit - quit church, quit pursuing ministry in OBS, quit working. I felt that I was falling short of God's standard for me. He MUST be disappointed in me for desiring to give up on church and ministry.
"No amount of failure or falling short will change God's love for me. This comforting reality helps me to not shy away from hard things but to press into God's strength and operate with more courage." (page 89)
This is such a comforting truth - God's love for me is NEVER shaken! It's unfailing, never ending, faithful when I'm faithless. Doing the hard things - finding a church home, continuing to work when I felt overwhelmed by all I had to learn, pressing through all the difficulties - has given me the strength I need to get through the next shaky moment.
I don't know yet what path we'll be walking in the future. More than likely my children will stay healthy and will live long lives. But there are no promises that this path won't be shaky. The only promise I have is that God's love will not be shaky but everlasting!!
What about you - how is your life shaky right now? How can the truth in the verse change your perspective?