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Ten Days that Felt Like 30

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Ten Days that Felt Like 30

 

Last fall there was a time when I felt like I lived 30 days in the past 10 days. I left on a Thursday for a men’s survival trip—the 4th Musketeer. The 4th Musketeer is Jesus making the journey through the mountains withus. When you’ve been pushed physically, it opens your heart to the spiritual. They gave us a jug of water and a bag of food, and I my the backpack on my back. They broke us into teams for a three-day hike through the mountains. I did things I’d never done before. I always thought I wanted to climb a mountain, but when I got there I thought, I don’t want to do that.

When you get to the end of your reserve and think there is no more, it becomes God’s strength on the inside of you that will get you through.

Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God (1 Samuel 30:6 NKJV).

Once our adventure was completed and we were headed back home, I got a phone call about an hour outside of town. It was my wife, Dorene’s mother, and she was frantic. “Marvin is dead!” she said. While watching a football game, her son died of a heart attack.

I got home and took a shower for the first time in 72 hours. Then I drove to Peru, Indiana to be with family. They made funeral arrangements for later in the week and asked me to officiate the service. In the midst of that, I boarded a plane and flew to Minneapolis for a board meeting. I’m the Chairman of the Board for a particular organization and there was a lot to do. Then, the day of Marvin’s funeral, Dorene’s aunt died—her mother’s sister-in-law.

I can honestly say, in those moments when we feel we have nothing left, I have found strength from God. When there is no one else to turn to—we can turn to Him. He provides exactly what we need, when we need it.

 

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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