Corinthian Comfort

I’ve recently started reading the Book of 2 Corinthians, and I’m amazed at how well it fits with a lot of the stuff that’s going on in my personal life and in the life of Amsterdam50 these days. In particular, the following themes have really stood out to me as I’ve read:

  • God’s comfort in times of trouble
  • Learning deeper dependence on God through experiences of being overwhelmed
  • Building understanding and trust
  • Refocusing on the basic beauty of spreading the Good News about Jesus
  • Wrestling with questions of “Who is adequate for such a task as this?”

I’m looking forward to spending more time in 2 Corinthians and soaking up God’s wisdom for this extremely critical month of ministry. As I mentioned earlier, this really is the beginning of the end of our time in Amsterdam. It’s for real. Five weeks and counting. Ready or not, here we come.

Truth be told: I’m feeling overwhelmed these days. I feel like we’re going to miss something really important along the way. I feel conflicted in wanting the time to be both long (to make sure that we can cover all our bases and savor the good times in Amsterdam) and short (to just have it all over and done with and not be agonizingly hanging in the middle). I feel my general level of stress quickly elevating. I feel “crushed and completely overwhelmed.” I worry that I might “never live through it.” But today my prayer is that I can learn the same thing that Paul spoke about under similarly challenging circumstances: “But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves but on God who can raise the dead. And he did deliver us from mortal danger. And we are confident that he will continue to deliver us.”

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