Standing Firm in the Blizzard

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As winter sets in on the Blackfeet Reservation in northwest Montana I am reminded of the struggle and adversity it can often bring: the damaging winds, deep snow and absolute bitter cold. The reality is that just to live here requires a lot of steadfastness and resiliency. When you combine thirty-five inches of snowfall with negative 20 degrees followed by 50 mph winds to create zero visibility you are forced to look beyond yourself for help. In the midst of these harsh conditions I keep thinking of the passage in Matthew 24 where Jesus is talking to his disciples about the latter times and His emphasis on the need to “stand firm till the end.”

I think of the harsh challenges and struggles there are in walking with my Blackfeet brothers in Christ here. At times the obstacles so many men face can be quite overwhelming, leaving me feeling very small and inadequate. For the last couple weeks, I’ve been in conversation with a gentleman possibly suffering from mental illness due to drug abuse. I have found it so difficult to communicate with him that I’ve felt totally helpless and discouraged at times. Facing the blizzard of men’s hardships, I began to feel frustrated and tired of everything being so hard. But then the Lord reminds me of whom He is and that I am nothing without Him. Probably one of the most affective things I can do now is to simply remain, to “stand firm till the end,” to continue to make myself available so that who He is can be made known through whom I am. So I choose to remain in the midst of the storm, in the midst of the struggle, knowing that He is faithful and His love for all of us does not waiver with the adversities. “This Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24.14)

- Wes Graham