On Sunday I am preaching a message on how to respond to suffering. Scripture commands us to rejoice in our time of difficulty and we are actually blessed when we are reproached for the name of Christ (1 Peter 4:13-14). God is worthy of our positive attitude in the face of adversity. I listened to my son Bryant preach last night at Elevate and he did a great job. One of the songs the students sang was Never Once. The song powerfully states how as followers of Christ He is always with us and never have we nor ever will we be alone as we journey this side of heaven.
One of the neatest sights I saw on our recent trip to California is the one above–it is called the Lone Cyprus and it has sat upon that rocky perch for over 250 years! It is actually the logo or symbol for Pebble Beach Company. This tree has withstood many storms and yet it still stands. The same God that created and sustains that Lone Cypress tree is the God who loves you and will sustain you in your personal storms.