After traveling by airplane and automobile for two days, we finally arrived at our destination – Lake Tahoe! We were there so my husband could ski with friends. Mom and I had plans for relaxing and exploring. It was going to be fantastic!
The description of the place we rented was so wonderful I could hardly wait to see it in person. It even came complete with our own private spa.

Traveling always brings on extra aches and pains to my injured body, so I was ready to relax my muscles in that hot tub.

I imagined the cool, crisp mountain air on my face, as I relaxed in the bubbling hot water. Perhaps there would be a view of the nearby ski slopes. Maybe a wide expanse of the night ski to watch falling stars as I soaked. Whatever the details, I was ready.

However, the property owner’s definition of a hot tub spa was different than mine.

It was a hot tub in a storage closet!!

As an extra special touch, there was a small television on a bar stool for our viewing pleasure.
Okay, I’ll admit that before laughing I came close to crying. A tub in a closet filled with enough chlorine fumes to knock you over was…..well…. it was not what I had signed up for!
So I never used it.

 

It was easy to avoid that hot tub. But too often life presents us with situations we did not sign up for, situations that are a big piece of our lives…
A beautiful child with special needs

A boss that demands more than you have to give
The happily ever after that never happened
Bad news from the doctor
 

The death of a loved one

 Chronic conditions
  An estranged child
   A broken dream
     Homelessness
      Depression
        Addiction
          Grief

When I was confined to my home with horrible pain,
and desperately struggled to see God’s faithfulness
in my life, I had some very honest prayers with the Lord.

I even reminded Him of Scripture.
(Kind of nervy, don’t you think?)


Out loud I’d pray, “Lord you said,
For I know the plans I have for you.
They are plans for good and
not disaster,
to give you a future and a hope.  
You said that in Jeremiah 29:11.  
I sure cannot see it.
I am choosing to trust you, but you are going to have to get me through because I can’t do this!”

 

It felt like that long, desperate season in life would never end.
But it did.
And now I’m living some of the good future He had planned for me.
If you are in a difficult season of life that just won’t seem to end, hang in there.
Hold on to Him.
Hold on to His Word.
Dare to trust Him.
Dear Lord,
If my friend reading this now is wondering where you are in the broken parts of life, please show your faithful love in ways s/he can understand. Help my friend through this difficult season and on to the good future You desire.
And we’ll give you all the praise.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen