When the world around us is shaking, when our dreams are falling to pieces, when our shelters crumble to the ground, there is only one place we can find true shelter. Your next step may find you being sucked down into a pit of quicksand, stuck in a place where everything goes wrong and nothing goes right. You despair, but do you grab onto the Rock to keep from sinking further?
We're all being broken down, cracks filled in, corners rounded off, but we are being made more beautiful. Take your eyes off the pain, and look towards the hope of future glory - when all will be made right.
Sometimes, just looking at the facades tricks you into thinking they all have it together, everything is going all right. But those are just illusions - if they let you in, you realize they have struggles and fears just like you. Man was meant to have fellowship, companionship. From the beginning he was never meant to go it alone. Don't hide behind whitewashed walls, open your gates to let in your forever sisters and brothers. It isn't always easy, but it is necessary and worth it. It would be discouraging to run in a marathon with everyone far ahead, but if you glance around you will find there are in fact others running right beside you, going through the same trials and difficulties. Find them, be encouraged as you encourage, and keep your eyes on the goal.