I was coming home on the train, it was late and I had a terrible couple of days at work. As I sat quietly waiting for my stop, I hopelessly contemplated all the things going wrong in my life. I felt like my life was crumbling before me and the anxiety and stress this caused was suffocating me. At this point, I felt defeated and wanted to quit everything and run away.
As the train stopped to let passengers on and off, a young man walked in and sat on the seat in front of me. He was facing me, but I was too involved in myself and my own problems to give him a second look. I continued in my own world of worry and hopelessness. A few minutes later, my attention span grew thin and I paused my worrying to look around the train. Sometimes we get so involved in our own bubble we forget to look around and savour the moment. As I looked around the carriage, my eyes were eventually drawn back to the young man sitting in front of me. This time when I looked at him something struck me, it was the shirt he was wearing. It had only two words on the chest, in big, bold, multi-coloured capital letters, it read “NOT TODAY”. As soon as I read this, I subconsciously smiled. I knew this was a message from God. God was telling me, “don’t give up, not today”, “Don’t quit, not today”. I was suddenly filled with burning confidence – I think it was God filling me with the Holy Spirit. This message of hope from God has sustained me and brought me closer to God, I hope it does the same for you.
For those feeling hopeless and defeated, remember, “Yahweh, Builder of Jerusalem! He gathers together the exiles of Israel, healing the brokenhearted and binding up their wounds” (Psalms 147: 2-3).
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