Not as catching as "The Days Of Your Life", but it gets my point across (I hope). I have worked eith many young people. Some in classroom settings, others in church settings and some as their boss. Some were finishing high school while others were preparing for their college graduation. Papers, exams, hurrying up to get finished; they could not wait to graduate.
January is mid school year. So much to finish in so little time..
Graduation will be the page for the next chapter in their life. After they enter the work force, January becomes the beginning of chaoters for many.
Chapters, there are so many. Some we want to hurry and get through; we are ready to move on. Others we want to last forever and never change. But, life changes and new chapters begin. Our lives are like a book. There is the opening sentence, the closing sentence and a lot of “stuff” in-between. Sometimes,if you become a Christian, a main theme becomes inserted. If not, your life never has a theme and the book rambles and turns, going from place to place, never quite making sense.
The main theme: Christ is the thread that holds your story together. Are your chapters well written? Is there proper transition, a thread of continuity? Is God the author of your story, or do you try to become a ghost Writer and take "the pen in hand." If so, when a game changer like a tragedy, job change or loss, birth, marriage, loved ones death, etc. can come into place. All too often your story becomes muddled and confused, lacking structure and cohesiveness to hold the story together.
If I started a blog and some one pushed me out of the way to finish what I was trying to write, confusion would be the result. Why not let the Author finish what He started?
Hebrews 12:22 (NASB)“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Or, you can go ahead and pick up the pen yourself, tell God you do not trust Him with your life and make a mess of the chapters of your story.
January. New Year. Which writer, you or the Author of your fauth?
I am sure you have all heard or read the poem “Footprints”.
It is a wonderful sentiment to reflect on during hard times. Recently, actually over the past several years, I have had time to remind my self that the Lord carries me through the tough times. But, this got me thinking the other day after coming through a medical trial. Over the past five years as I look back I see where the Lord has carried us through during loss of jobs; my mother’s illness and death; our daughter being buried in the tornado; the bank trying to foreclose on our home, financial difficulties to pay for the broken elbow, a funeral, a wedding; difficult child births of grandchildren and finding a way to be there; and my chronic illness. Yes, He definitely carried us through.
But, then I thought, “Lord, what am I doing?” It is like we go through life and an “earthquake” rocks our world and we beg and allow the Lord to carry us through. Then we basically say, “Lord, I got this, put me down”. And we start cruisin’ along until we are hit by a “tornado” that sends our world spinning and again we beg and allow the Lord to carry us through. Then we get back on our own and a “whirlpool” sucks us in, or a “tsunami” or a “hurricane” , “quicksand” or “molten lava” hits us and on and on we go up and down out of His arms.
Life is HARD so why in the world do we keep taking control and asking to be “set down”?
WHAT IF looking back on our life there
WERE ONLY ONE
set of Foot prints,
Isaiah 40:28-29, 31 “28Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding isinscrutable. 29 He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. 31 Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.
GOD: “Oh, no. How did We let that happen?”
JESUS: “I don’t know Father, I thought You knew!”
HOLY SPIRIT (looking at the Father and Son in His reflection): “Don’t look at Me, I am always the last to know!”
….. (silent pause as I allow you to contemplate the above conversation.)
RIDICULOUS! Right? Of course it is. Yet this is the way so many live their lives. No matter what you are facing today, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are not looking down out of a window of Heaven and gasping, “how did that happen”.
God knows. He’s in control. He’s still on the throne. He cares for you, loves you. He wants the best for you.
Jeremiah 29:11 (HCSB) “For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Romans 8:28 (NLT) “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Are you facing your “RED SEA”… walls of “water” rising up on all sides? Do you trust the dry land that God has put in front of you? Are you trying to back up? Afraid to go forward? Looking over your shoulder? Did you hear God gasp, “what happened?”
As you reflect on your circumstances, what have your “actions” been speaking? So many times we act as if God gasped when we came to our “Red Sea”, just like He did not know what was going to happen, or what is happening in your life. We kick and scream like He’s not there. We act like we are not going to make it, or we cannot make it. We revert back to lack of trust and forget to move forward based on what we learned in our last circumstance. Can you trust your Lord? Will you wait on Him? He is going to answer because He has the answer, He has the plan.
The people of Israel had to go through the Red Sea (Exodus 13:17 – 14:29 ESV) They had to trust; praying on the go… actions to their prayers. What did they learn? What will you learn at your “Red Sea”? Will you have to be taught the same lesson over and over again? God will continue to teach the lesson until you learn it .. He’s very patient.
That’s what the billboard reads as I drive to work. I cannot remember the product.
The song lyrics read, “don’t worry, be happy (whistling)”.
Worry … it’s a sin. (I actually wrote a post, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” , two years ago that handles that topic.) The truth is, life is hard and there is no way to not worry … in our own strength. Imagine a life with no worries? No product can produce that in your life; no service can produce that in your life. The only way to lift worries is to lay your concerns before our Almighty Father in Heaven.
Matthew 11:28 (NTL) “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Worry is a sin, it means you are not trusting God. In the wee hours of the morning Corrie Ten Boom stood before us with Billy Graham by her side. My brother and I were volunteers for the crusade and we were helping type up the cards for counseling of all that had come forward that night at the Crusade meetings. We were all tired. My brother and I had come from the hospital prior to the meetings. Our father was in the hospital having had a lung removed from lung cancer. My world was shaking as my earthly father lay struck down. I had always relied on him. I needed to learn to rely on my Heavenly Father, who cannot be shaken or brought down. Corrie Ten Boom told us about ‘not worrying’. I was 18 years old. My world was collapsing, but here was a woman who had been through way worse telling me, “don’t worry”. She said, (and I have never forgotten):
“If it is too small to pray about, it is too small to worry about.” Corrie Ten Boom
A worrier will begat a worrier …. if you want your children and loved ones to lean on Christ, they have to see you leaning on Him; “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms”.
Don’t worry, be happy? Yes, you can ” … Safe and Secure From All Alarms”!
Psalm 55:22 (NASB) “Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”