I read of a vision given to a servant of God. She saw two groups of people, unbelievers and God’s redeemed. Both were on their journey of life. One group walked along with much laughter and dancing, confidant and relaxed.
Suddenly without warning they would step off into a dark chasm with the flames of hell at the bottom. Surprised?
The other group was struggling to climb up a rocky mountain, covered with thorny plants. Their hands and knees were bloody, their heads were bowed in humility, and tears ran down their faces, but they never stopped. They never turned to the right or to the left, they never sought an easier path. They battled on, heading for the lights of Heaven at the top of the mountain.
God’s word says, “He that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13) In other words, the people who are committed and faithful and resilient; the people who never stop, are the ones who will inherit eternal life.
What do these resilient people look like? I believe these are qualifying characteristics:
1. These people honor God, no matter the cost, no matter the circumstance.
2. These people get back up, even when they are knocked down.
3. These people do not lose faith, even in times of suffering, persecution, or hardship
4. These people trust that God is in control, even in their darkest hour.
“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. Whatever you do, just keep moving forward. That is success!” Martin Luther King Jr.
Written by Dr. Carolyn Knight
Hope Center Indy Training Manager and Church Liaison
Leader of Light In Darkness