The Struggle Bus

Last week I wrote about this scripture God had whispered in my ear. 

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

Don’t you just love that God is still trying to be active in our lives even on vacation? I figured if He was gonna come to Jeckyll Island to deliver it, then I better make full use of it. So, upon my return, I led with this scripture as a discussion point for both of my men’s groups. The discussion began to poke into areas of our lives that may be dead and begged the questions, “What could spring to life if we gave it to God?” “How fast could God change my situation?” and “Is God doing new and unexpected things even in the middle of a pandemic?” The conversations were really good.

However, no matter how much discussion about what God could do happened that night, the next day, I woke up uncertain and uneasy. It could have been reading about the dozen new closings announced in the news before bed or day 2 of this Keto Diet that Anna and I are doing. 

But, I was on the optimism struggle bus. In fact, I felt like the driver.

With my best foot forward, I trudged online to my small group. Yay, Zoom! The discussion started, and as I was rereading this scripture to the guys, I thought, “What’s next?” Quickly looking ahead to the next verse, I realized that I had forgotten the second part. The part where God says He will be honored because of His generosity and provision.

“Wild animals, jackals, and owls will honor me because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wilderness to give drink to my people, my chosen ones…” Isaiah 43:20

That was the game changer! Thanks to a solid group of men that took the time to show me that in my uncertainly, I had begun to isolate, hustle and push through when instead I needed to remember my God’s covenants to His people.

Outworking uncertainty is like trying to catch your shadow.

A covenant is an agreement. A promise. A promise that was given to me, His Chosen. You would think a simple statement, “I will provide for you. You are my chosen” would be enough for us from the creator of the universe. But, we are a fickle bunch, aren’t we? He knew this, and so in His word, He prepared promises of protection several dozen times. Provision? Yes, dozens of promises there too. Wisdom? Hundreds. 

What do you need today? Rest, safety, employment, encouragement, maybe some direction? It is time to ask! I know, I hate asking for help too, but look here:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? So, if you sinful people then know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” Matthew 7:7-11

See, His “yes” is already on the table. We just gotta ask.

I would love to hear of a time that God fulfilled His promise to you. Leave your experience in the comments, or you can email me at We will get through this together.

In His service and at yours!


Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

One thought on “The Struggle Bus

  1. Thank you for your insight and thoughts. God fulfills his promise to me every day, by giving me the gift of life. How I choose to live it, may depend on the circumstances. But, I must always keep in mind that “man proposes and God disposes” He is always with me, ready to fill my thoughts and prayers with His great wisdom.


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