that internal conversation is a constant one it seems like.
but you would think that i have learned by now that just because i am feeling empty and lost and not gaining any ground towards my desired destination...when it feels like it is going backwards and a bit out of control that i would stop those conversations with the reminder that every time i have gone down that road, it only takes me further away from my destination.
i find it best to have a conversation instead that ends with "trust God, he is for you.
i used to think that Jeremiah 29:11, a verse that is often thrown around about Gods provision. I used to think that is what it is about at least...with the "plans to prosper you and not to harm you" part and all.
but today, i find that verse different.
written in the context to a people far from home, a people broken and with shattered dreams, this verse is a very intimate conversation that we can identify with.
i would paraphrase it something like this, "your dreams are not dead because i am the dream giver. i breathe life into all things. so hope beyond hope, and hold fast to your dreams of home. wait in anticipation. i will deliver."
its my paraphrase, but that, that is what ends the conversation about giving up.