God reminded me of something tonight, while I was sitting in my car, with the rain streaming down the windshield:
If I look to the church for encouragement and hope, I only get frustration and disappointment. If I look to my friends, I only get sympathy. If I look to myself, I only get futility and uncertainty.
But if I lift my eyes up to the loving Saviour Jesus Christ, I behold perfection and beauty. I am comforted in the knowledge that He holds us all in the palm of His hand -- the church, my friends and relationships, and even my very heart. I must trust that He knows what He's doing, and that He will accomplish His plan in His perfect timing. If I take matters into my own hands, I fall into the same trap of Abraham with Hagar, or Moses with the Egyptian.
I lift up my eyes to the hills -- where does my help come from?My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.(Psalm 121:1-2, NIV)