[Sometimes you’re in the pits]
We are very volatile creatures. It really doesn’t take too much to set us off, and sometimes we “lose it” because things have been piling up for too long. However, It doesn’t usually take a whole lot to feel overwhelmed by the stress, or to become heavy hearted. That’s how I feel today (stressed) as if everything is coming at me from every angle. It’s the pits! It’s not enjoyable, but it’s simply a fact of life. This reminds me of a sitcom that aired back in the 80’s called “The Facts of Life.” Apparently it was the longest running sitcom for that decade. It first aired in 1979 and ran until 1988. Part of it’s theme song went like this:
“You take the good, you take the bad,
you take them both and there you have
The facts of life, the facts of life.”
If you do a Google search you’ll find the whole song. One of the lines that jumps out at me (because it rings so wrong) is this one: “The facts of life are all about you.” No, they really aren’t. We’re programed and convinced (by the ways of our world) to believe that it’s all about us, and we certainly act like these spoiled selfish creatures at times. Some of us unfortunately never lose that “me, me, me!” attitude, but it’s not in fact about you. It’s all about Jesus, and we have to learn to adjust accordingly.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Jesus Himself said that in this world we would have trouble. Believe me when I say that He faced His own troubles here on Earth as well. So, if some misinformed know-it-all promises you that life is about you, and that it’s all of your own making–they’re full of it! Sometimes they say you can speak wealth and health into your own life. Well, you can go ahead and try it I guess, but it won’t get you very far, or anywhere worth going for that matter. It’s a lie, and it won’t bring you any less trouble (infact it will likely bring you more trouble) than a life spent with Jesus would. If you were hoping that knowing God would free you of all life’s problems, I’m sorry to say that we have our troubles in this world too. Scripture even gives us the heads up, and again, Jesus said it Himself as well.
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
–1 Peter 4:12-13
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
However, we have hope in what we know to be true (This is something those who don’t know Jesus are lacking, unfortunately.) and with this knowledge we have a peace that passes all understanding. After all is said and done, we as Christians have help in our trials, and we know exactly what the future holds. We can also see our eternal destiny, and we look forward to it with joy.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I tell ya (right now) if I didn’t have that peace, I’d be ready to knock some heads. Having things coming at me doesn’t feel fun! It makes me want to fight back! In some cases I can fight back, but I still have to be diplomatic about it, and depending on the circumstance, I may also have to be gentle in the way I approach things. This can be something very hard (but not impossible) to do, even when there is a fire under you and you just want to roar!
I’m small, but you haven’t seen me when I’ve been cornered, or when one of our neighbors is yelling at my husband. Oh, he got to see that side of me (lol) and on that particular occasion it was very necessary. Sometimes yelling, or turning over tables as Jesus did, is necessary. As far as having things coming at you, most animals don’t like being cornered. Most animals snarl and growl, and if you go near them they’ll take your arm right off.
“So He made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves He said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”
Fortunately, I understand that this too (this stress, and the heart aches) will pass. It does make it easier (here and now) to see that the road up ahead will eventually be made smooth, and straight. (Luke 3:5) We know that nothing is ever a wasted detail: not the struggle; or the battle; not the tears; the fears; or the anguish in our hearts. For those of us who draw close to God we always have this hope. It’s never lost.
This is how a storm gets calmed, and a spirit is revived again. Our struggles here, are all just a moment, in view of eternity. In the meantime, we can find a quiet place to get away and spend time in prayer, just as Jesus did when He was faced with the tough stuff. (Luke 5:16; Mark 1:35; Matthew 14:23; Luke 6:12; Matthew 26:39; Matthew 26:42; Matthew 26:44;).
Jesus has seen and felt the things we have. He knows all about it, and God has got this covered too. So hang in there, and cling to that hope like It’s you’re only hope, because He is, but He’s also all the hope that we’ll ever need. Talk to Him. He understands.
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will he hears us.”
–1 John 5:13-14