Some days you don't want to wake up while others you never want to end. Such has been the case the last few days. Each morning I'd pry myself from the sheets not sure if I wanted to take a step out of the house.

Quickly, like the change of the weather,each day got better. The first clue that this was not going to be an ordinary week was when one of my students, who had struggled previously in my class, contacted me about meeting. During the course of that meeting the "light bulb" turned on in his mind. I looked at my wife and told her that this young man was now unstoppable in his pursuit of passing my class. He reached his goals today, three week early. He is now officially going to graduate.

Yesterday, my wife led our new support group. Just one month previously we started this meeting and yesterday two new couples joined us. Today she was informed that another person contacted the church office and out group is going to expand again. Most importantly, we connected with new people.

Each day presents challenges. Too many times we think that God is only there when good things happen. But that is the opposite. Yes, He is there when good things are happening, but more importantly, He is there in the dark days. I wondered each day when I awoke what paths I would encounter. I had started the week struggling physically.

My faith never wavered. I knew that God was there each morning. Because of this belief, I have been rewarded, but not in the way that you might think. The successes of my student, my wife and the support group were not the rewards. The reward is that I have a God who loves me enough to send His Son to die for us. That makes each day worth living.

Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; 
blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.:
John 20:29