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The Struggle


One morning, while on the porch during my prayer and meditation, I observed a frog climbing on the outside of the screen door. I noticed that, for over 45 minutes, the frog climbed up to a certain point and would slide back down. It climbed, rested, climbed, rested, but at a particular point, it would lose its grip and back to the bottom of the door, it slipped.

As I watched, several thoughts entered my mind. What is causing it to slip? Why does it get to a certain point and then all of a sudden lose its grip? Why doesn’t it give up? Should I help it? Of course, after a certain point, I became a cheerleader for the frog. I did not want it to give up. I wanted it to succeed! I wanted it to overcome the boundary confronting it and reach its destination. Inch by inch, one leg at a time, it started back to the top. Come on, frog. You can do this. You can make it. And, all of a sudden, it slipped back to the bottom.

Then I started to think about humans. Here was this reptile, showing unwavering persistence and determination. I have no idea of what its goal was, if indeed it had a goal. But I could not help but admire its attitude.

What are some struggles we constantly face? Maybe the struggle is with low self-esteem, financial challenges, anger, doubt, or with some sin? Let’s face it. We all have areas that have caused a struggle for us in the past, or one that we are dealing with today. So, if the problem is universal, touching everyone at some point, there has to be an answer. Please understand. I am not saying that one solution is the answer to every problem. But I am saying that every problem has a solution.

We are fortunate who understand that the struggle is not to keep us where we are. The struggle is to keep us from where we are going. Too often, we spend our time fighting minor battles when the outcome we really seek is to be victorious in the war. Keep your focus on the goal, not the position.

“For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 AMP

There is a solution to overcome the struggle. An answer exists to bring us to the point of deliverance and victory. The Bible is clear – “…no matter how it comes and where it leads…God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature]… with the temptation (struggle) He will [always] also provide the way out…”

The reassurance we have is that when the struggle comes, we are not alone. Just as I watched over the frog while it struggled to overcome its situation, I believe God watches us as we make efforts to grow, develop and mature in our Christian walk, in our struggles. His eyes and hands are close by to ensure, if we depend on Him, we will come out of the struggle.

I watched the frog for some time and upon closer inspection noticed that it had become trapped between the screen and the metal frame. Regardless of how determined it was, it was in a situation that it could not get out. It needed a way of escape. I sensed that it had persisted mightily in its efforts. I, moved with compassion, provided it with assistance to get free and go on its way.

I believe God provides us with the assistance we need. There are struggles that we face that may seem impossible – that may be impossible – for us. But with God, all things are possible. We can overcome the struggle.

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