Refusing to Give Up
Ever since we started trying to conceive in 2012, I have shared an annual update of our journey. However, this year when we hit the 7 year mark, I felt like I didn’t have the words to share.
I was thinking a lot about our journey this past week as we were hiking through Utah. As we faced steep elevation gains and strenuous climbs several days in a row, I reflected on one of my favorite verses, Galatians 6:9, “Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.”
As we were hiking, we would notice other hikers turn around instead of complete the trail. Now I have no idea their reason, but I couldn’t help but wonder if they knew what they would miss out on by turning around before reaching the summit.
Our hikes throughout the week, combined with several discussions with friends on this topic, prompted this post. The reality is with a 7 year infertility journey or a strenuous 8 mile hike, exhaustion happens. Weariness comes. Temptation to quit stares you in the face.
It’s easy to look around and notice others who have turned around and quit themselves. Or maybe it’s the people that have just flat out asked us the question, “at what point do you quit?”
I refuse to give up.
Giving up is not an option. It’s not a thought. It’s not even a consideration. It’s nowhere on our radar.
I don’t know the reason we saw people turn around during the hikes, but what I do know is that they missed something else that no one else gets to experience unless they stay the course, and that is the breath-taking and stunning views that come when reaching the summit.
I can guess the reasons many Christians give up when facing a battle, but despite the various reasons, I also know they too won’t receive their miracle.
So my update this year? We refuse to give up! We will remain steadfast, keeping our eyes on the finish line. We will not succumb to the weariness or exhaustion. We will not turn around or try to take a shortcut.
With hiking, we don’t always know how close we are to the finish, and the same holds true for what we are contending for in the spiritual realm. You, and I, could be a few steps, or a few days away away from reaching the summit. We could be one prayer or one declaration away from receiving breakthrough. And whether I have a few more steps to cross that finish or several miles, I refuse to give up! I will not grow weary in well doing, because I know I will reap the harvest of the seeds that I have been planting!
What about you? Will you refuse to give up? Are you going to stay the course?
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