During my recent family vacation we spent a day hiking at Devil's Lake State Park in Wisconsin and it was amazing. The park features a beautiful lake set between two huge hills. On the hills, leading up to some of the park's well known rock formations, there are massive granite boulders. Workers have laid a nice rock path with steps, but it's clear that before this path was installed you would have needed to climb and clamor over the boulders in order to have reached the top.
Oftentimes it feels as if there are big obstacles in our way in life. We may see or know what we want, but look ahead and see the boulders in our way. At this point some turn back. Some push on only to find that the obstacles are too much and some overcome those obstacles in order to reach their goals. The ability to overcome is sometimes called "grit" and I believe that while some are born with it, everyone can grow their capacity to be overcomers.
But the greatest help toward overcoming isn't in some self help book...it's the power of God. The God we serve is the same God who made the universe, the same God who split the seas, the same God who stopped the sun, the same God who calmed the storm and the same God who overcame death. Our God can do anything and with His help we are able to overcome.
Romans 8 says, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?...No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."
So don't be scared of those boulders up ahead, you have God with you! Take heart and push on.