“Will cannot be quenched against its will.”
– Dante Alighieri
We see it all the time. It is, sad as it might be, all too common in today’s society. We are all guilty of it in some area of our lives.
We give up.
There is a point in all of our lives where things just seem a bit too hard. I am at one of those points myself at the moment.
It is a place of steadily growing anxiety. That place we all fear to go. A place of seemingly titanic problems that drains you dry.
With each of these periods in our lives, we as human beings look to take the easy way out of our problems. Most scientists would call it something to make it sound complicated, like a ” biological imperative”.
Just a fancy way to say that we are being human.
There are people right now, as we sit here, that believe this is ordinary.
They expect it.
They must be proven wrong.
What we do in situations like these defines us.
It would be so easy to become entrenched in our own suffering.
Romans 8:21- 39 is one of my favorite passages of the Bible. It speaks of the hardships of being a follower of Christ. It also, however, reminds us that we are not alone. I don’t know about you,but that, my friends, is something that I am in constant need of remembering.
Because this world is much too big. Even for all of us, the odds seem insurmountable.
But we are not alone.
I don’t know about you, but my will isn’t going anywhere.
I will not take the easy way. The path of least resistance.
Do you know why?
Just today I heard someone say these exact words to me: “God isn’t in that place.”
They were referring to the home of an individual who has run across one of those defining moments we spoke of earlier. It defeated him. His life had become one obstacle after another, until all that was left was bitterness and contempt. This person said to me that you could feel a heaviness in the air just walking on the property.
This person’s eyes need to be opened.
He need not be in this rut he is in.
There are people like that all around us.
These individuals need the Truth we carry with us.
They need to be shown that, though our individual will is minute, we do not succumb to our tribulations.
They will wonder how.
And we can tell them that there is a Will far stronger behind each and every one of us.
Vaya con Dios