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Robin Gudal: In these days of uncertainty

EN(dur)ANCE by Robin Gudal

Robin Gudal


At my in-loves they have a striped yellow/gold 1970s (now considered vintage) style couch. It’s not the most comfortable, but, oh, I really must admit I do love that couch! I have spent many an hour on it.

When I was dating Greggy, some 39 years ago, I am sure we sat all snuggled up together, then as a young wife. I was a town girl from Bricleyn. While my hubs farmed, I chose that couch over being alone into the wee hours of the morning at our farmhouse. I really didn’t like being alone in the country. I had never been alone, as I went from my parents’ home to our home when we married in 1982.

Today, once again, I sit upon that couch; today with uncertainly. My father in-love is aged and ill, and I am staying on the farm with them. We as a nation sit amid uncertainly. These are days we have never experienced.

My hubs has a large picture in his office with an eagle; in early Christianity the eagle was seen as a symbol of hope and strength, representing salvation.

The verse on it is Isaiah 30:41, New Living Translation: “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

Today, we need new strength. We need encouragement to not grow weary, depressed, oppressed, overwhelmed, isolated or lonely. We need to be strong.

This afternoon we sang “The Old Rugged Cross” together, and we made a joyful noise.

Psalm 100:1 words in part: “And I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it some day for a crown, to the old rugged cross, I will ever be true. Tears rolled down my face as I sang and soaked those words of truth into my soul.”

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always,” 1 Chronicles 16:11, NIV.

Be encouraged, be strong, lean in, my dear readers. Do not grow weary. Rest upon Christ; the cornerstone, he is our foundation! We are not alone. 

Robin (Beckman) Gudal, intentional in life, is a wife, momma, nana, friend, and a flawed and imperfect follower of Jesus.