Someone once told me that if there are 100 steps between God and I, He'll go the first 99, but He'll wait for me to take the last step.
I thought I had, but as I experienced the rug being pulled out from underneath me yet one more time this afternoon, perhaps I had not. And while the purpose of this blog is to encourage and inspire, and although I'm trusting the fact that Jesus is taking this journey with me, I don't even want to speculate on how much further down I can go because I'm just not sure I can handle it right now! Instead, I feel a lot like Job at the moment, when God kept allowing Satan to take things away from him, while Job kept believing in the goodness of God.
Remember this verse:
"The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Praise the name of the Lord."
(Job. 1:21 HCS)
While the Lord has most definitely "given" in my life, I feel like I'm now in the place where He's definitely "taking away," and the only prayer I can offer is from Mark 9:24
"I do believe! Help my unbelief."
P.S. Remember the sunglasses I mentioned in my first blog? Well, they're definitely coming in handy this afternoon ...