Have you ever found an ant on the driveway, and flicked it with your finger? Do you know what it does? The second it stops rolling, it gets up and keeps on walking. It doesn’t stop, stay down, and not move. It doesn’t give up. The ant immediately gets to its feet and starts walking, eventually finding the path it was originally on.
That’s how we should be when problems knock us down. We shouldn’t stay down, curl up, and consider the problems to be the end of the world. When problems push us down, we need to get right back up, face life, keep walking, and we’ll eventually get through the troubles. And we’re not alone. God is always there. Sometimes it feels like He’s not there, but He always is. He’s always walking beside you. Yes, there will be times when you can’t feel Him, but that’s because He lets go of your hand at times, to let you walk on your own. But He’s there to catch us, and help us up when we fall – because we will fall at times.
An analogy of this would be a parent helping his or her child to walk. The parent holds the child’s hand, but also lets go at times, to test the child to see if he or she is ready to walk. At the beginning, the child isn’t ready – he or she falls down repeatedly. But does that mean the parent isn’t there? No, of course not. The parent is there, and ready to help.
In the same way, when life knocks us down, we need to get up fast, and keep walking – like the ant. Keep going, and lean on God for help. When we fall down, we should get back up – just like the child. When we’re strong and persevere through difficulties in life, we emerge as different and better people than before the trials. We will have grown – both in the eyes of humans, and, more importantly, in the eyes of God. As Pastor Levi Lusko points out, troubles can open doors that would have otherwise stayed shut. And God will always walk through those doors with us.
God will always be by our side – no matter where we are, what situation we’re in, or how badly we think we’ve failed.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”