Our circumstances ebb and flow like the tide. In one day and out the next. Seasons of joy and sorrow. Want and plenty.

And while life’s circumstances are transitioning between up and down, settling into long seasons of waiting or what we might determine to be a forgetful holding pattern, both God’s eternal kingdom and our call to participate in it continue.

When we allow ourselves to become slaves to our circumstances, we commit to an inconsistent, unpredictable, and sometimes stalled carousel of events and seasons.

The secret to faithfulness is this: to remain faithful. Through the eternal consistency of Jesus’ eternal self, we can find the contentment that feels otherwise elusive, slippery, and sometimes overlooked.

When we rest in Christ’s strength, we can do all things. We can succeed. We can suffer. We can wait. We can comprehend and obey; we can question and learn, we can not know (or not be able to control) and trust.

The key to dealing with our circumstances is transcending them. Christ can do all. Christ is all. In every terrain of life, God’s power beckons us to put our faith in him.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”– Philippians 4:12-13