They came to an area called Gethsemane. Jesus told his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him. He plunged into a sinkhole of dreadful agony. He told them, “I feel bad enough right now to die. Stay here and keep vigil with me.” Mark 14:32‭-‬34 MSG

In the Christian life, it is not unlikely that you will get to a point when the intensity of the heat will be very high: almost at the boiling point if you are not boiling already. At such a time, the pressure coming from both within and outside you will be very uncontrollable. The frustration, discouragement and the feelings of loneliness are quite overwhelming and crushing.

Such a dire moment requires you to take a decision. The choice you make will either make or mar your eternal destiny. What may likely at first jump at you is to seek an alternative way out of the situation.

Frankly, if you remain resolute to finish well, strong and be qualified for the eternal prize, then quitting is not your best option. Don’t attempt to throw in the towel neither for there’s no other way to the glorious end than God’s way to trust and obey. 

What you desire may appear the right thing for you to do now, but the truth is that it won’t take you anywhere in the scheme of God’s plans and purpose for your life.

Therefore, don’t resist God’s way no matter the agony, the excruciating pain, the embarrassment and the ridicule it may involve. Rather, be patient, endure a little more and allow God to perfect His will concerning you. At last, you will emerge the champion with the everlasting crown of glory that far outweighs your present suffering. May the Lord give strength to your weary heart and grant you the courage to forge ahead till you reach His finishing line in glory. Have a joyous weekend.

Your brother,

Olufemi Babalola