Press On Through Hard Times

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By Mike Barres


I used to live in the mountains of North Carolina. One day I was clearing a path near our home in the woods. I had a shovel, an axe, a weed eater, and some hedge clippers. I was wacking a path through the woods to make what I called my “prayer path.”  

First of all I had trouble with the weed eater. The fuel line kept coming off. It was really irritating. I would use it a little while then the fuel line would come off and I’d have to stop and fix it.

About half way through the work on the path I went to clip down a small bush and didn’t notice something in it. 

Next thing you know I was stung by a hornet. 

You might think I’d quit at this point, but I was determined to finish my prayer path. I only had about 20 feet more to go when I noticed a big branch that I needed to move. 

I reached down to pick it up and noticed that there was a large yellow rattle snake laying across it. Thank the Lord, my wife had come out to check on me and I told her to go get my shot gun.

Some would think that it would have been a good time to call it a day, but the prayer path was important to me. 

I continued to work until it was done. I finished it and enjoyed many hours of prayer on that “prayer path.”

Several scriptures come to mind. James 1:2 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.” 

Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” 

Romans 5:3,4 says, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”   

Life is a lot like this. We can’t give up when things get hard. We must persevere. Life is not always easy. Lord help us to press on, do the things we need to do and finish things that God calls us to do.