Our memories are short. Our vision is limited. When difficult circumstances arrive, we tend to feel as if they have always been there and they always will be. We do not think “things are this way for now”; we just think “things are this way”.

Difficult circumstances are not only temporary, they are complex. The way we feel about them is just part of the truth. There is more going on than we are aware of. 

Even when trials come knocking, there are opportunities. Even when tragedy strikes, there is appreciation to be found. When we lean toward gratitude, we position ourselves to remember who God is.

We sometimes focus so closely on our circumstances, we forget the bigger picture of who God is. We forget that He is everlasting. Worthy of our trust. And our hope. We too often take our eyes off Him and zero in on what is going on around us.

And we often project our confusion onto Him. We accuse him of being inept or disinterested. He seems tired. Perhaps He has run out of energy. Perhaps He is not going to follow through.

God is not circumstantial. He is not bound to Time or any other human limitations. He is God. Today, tomorrow, and forevermore. He will not grow weary. His understanding is beyond our comprehension. No matter what we are experiencing, these are the reasons to trust in Him.

“Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God’? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”
– Isaiah 40:27-28