"There are some things you can learn in the desert, that you can't learn in the palace".
This quote has really stuck with me today. It is only natural to long for the "palace" and say, it will be better when..., but maybe the journey to the "palace" has some good to offer now. Sometimes when we are put to the test, under pressure, or against seemingly insurmountable odds, good can come of it. Maybe we are a little stronger for it, or it leads us to people we would not have met otherwise, or maybe it allows us to hold even tighter to our faith and learn more about our relationship with God. Whatever the outcome, we should try and live in the moment. After all we are only promised now.
Here is a little acrostic I heard in church today: (The preacher was on a Superbowl kick, hence the word BOWL, but hey it works!)
Be a participant in God's redemption story
Obey what you know
Walk in the light God gives you
Leave room for mystery (trust God with the unknown)
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."