The 18 hour travel time to Budapest is always challenging, and last week it exacerbated my health problems.
The first night in Budapest, too uncomfortable to sleep, I climbed out of bed and into a pit of despair.
Maybe you remember my devotion about my sister kicking me in the spiritual pants and reminding me to read my own devotions ("Thanks, Sis, I needed that!").
That night I "kicked" myself:
1. I told myself the truth: I realized my hopelessness was produced by lack of sleep ("Eat, Rest, Cry").
2. I took encouragement from the Great Cloud of Witnesses-- Hebrews 12:1 (Our Cheerleaders): I remembered Joni, whose 40 years in a wheelchair and constant pain haven't dampened her love or hope in Jesus.
The following night, I was in worse pain that the first night, but my spirits were restored. Our God comforts! (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
Like Habakkuk, I chose to sing despite my circumstances: "I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign LORD is my strength!"
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