May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NIV)
NASA’s latest Mars rover made landfall on the red planet exactly one year ago and several Canadians were hard at work for years to help make it happen. NASA’s Perseverance rover sought to identify signs of ancient life and collect soil samples in tiny vials, which were then returned to Earth. While hundreds of people from around the world were involved in making the mission a success, several Canadians have made key contributions to the project already, and more will be in the future.
Life can be tough. You’ve probably noticed that over the past couple of years as we have all navigated through these pandemic waters. It takes perseverance to continue to press through all of the medical, relational and work-related challenges that have arisen during these past months. No wonder Paul writes this in 2 Thessalonians 3:5: “May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” Jesus faced His share of challenges while He was here on earth. The religious leaders were always trying to corner Him. The people turned fickle and when He called them to take up their cross in order to follow Him, they left Him. His mission was to take the painful punishment on a Roman cross that we all deserve. Through it all He persevered. What was it that drove Him to be consistently faithful to God’s call on His life? Simply, His love for others, for us. As we are directed by the love of God, we will find that we have all we need to persevere in the call that God has on our lives. Whatever God has called you to do, He will supply all you need to persevere.
These have been words from the heart.