Have you ever felt as though life as it is in this season, today, in this moment, was how it would always be? I was talking with a sweet friend yesterday saying she was constantly having to remind herself that things won't always be as they are right now. It was easy for me to encourage her towards that truth, but I know too well how much harder it is to know it as truth. I have many days where I think "I'll always be X, life will always look like Y, there's no hope of escaping Z". I bet some of you can fill in those XYZs with some reality: living circumstances, job, relationships, appearance, emotional distress. Gosh, all those have been and are me, on any given day. But today we spoke in church about preparing ourselves for God to work. It's what he did with the Israelites in Joshua, before they entered the land. They had to take action in order to become ready for God to do a new thing. And I think that sometimes, in those places of despair where it feels like we are stuck in neutral with no way out, we have to take some steps to prepare to see God work out His will. We must remember His faithfulness, that will not falter or fail. We must ready ourselves to let the Lord work. I'm thinking that maybe, in those moments in the pit where we can't see a future, we have to be willing to use make moves, even when it hurts so much and seems so futile, in order to let God work. He will give a new heart, a new spirit, and a new hope, but we have to be ready for it.