How Did I Get to This Place?
Here it is ... many, many years have passed since that glorious day, and now you're in the middle of life. Yes, but whose life is it, certainly not mine! Chaos 101 wasn't in the curriculum and if it was who in their right mind would sign up for the class?
Those carefree times are somewhere sprinkled throughout the pages of our memories, and reality has tipped the scales with problems that never appeared in those old textbooks of ours.
Have you began to ask: "How did I get from there to here? How did I get from that "all-things-are-going-great" place to what's now going on in my life? This wasn't in my studies or anywhere on the agenda."
Over and over we find ourselves in the midst of crisis after crisis. What happened to sailing through life achieving dream upon dream and conquering all the issues that got in our way? Life, that's what happened, simply life! That's simply life friend, not simple life!
What we learn as we march forth in years isn't something that could have been taught, but needed to be experienced. Besides our own problems, we witness what others are going through and it often makes us question where God is in all of this mess.
Rarely do we realize that He's still with us, and didn't promise to remove all the rough waves in life. What He did promise is that we wouldn't be alone and that He will see us to the other side whether that is here on earth or in Heaven, which is another thing we did not learn in the hallowed halls of school.
God What's Wrong with Me?
I know how you feel, I've been there. Many of you have lost your job, maybe even your home. Some of you are going through a crisis in health, your marriage or even a failing business.
Out of nowhere tragedy may have stricken you to the core causing decision making you never thought would ever cross your path in life ... but here you are in the midst of it.
How long was it before you started asking,
"What am I supposed to learn from situations that turn my world upside down causing chaos in every area of life? How do I survive this storm or those to come when fear surrounds me like a blanket leaving no comfort at all? I'm holding on by a thread and feel like I'm about to go under?
Oh, God ... what's wrong with me? Why can't I get my act together and get through this? What am I doing wrong that You can't help me? How have I gotten so far off path that I no longer walk in your favor?"
Where Are You Focused?
I know it may sound crazy, but not all "chaotic" situations mean that you're out of God's Divine Will just because you are experiencing storms (chaos) in your life. He isn't mad, nor has the Lord rejected you. As a matter of fact, storms (or struggles) are the backbone to our growth and development into adulthood. Often through the chaos we learn how strong we really are and how deep our faith in God is.
It is through the storms or tests of life that our faith grows the most and we discover how powerful God is to deliver us from evil. Our true character is revealed in how we weather each phase of a storm and will determine the outcome at the other side of it.
Do you remember when the Disciples saw Jesus walking on water and what happened the instant Peter stepped out of the boat to join Him? When Peter kept his eyes on Jesus he walked side-by-side with the Lord, but when he let fear grip him he began to sink. (Read Matthew 14 for the complete story.)
Peter looked at the circumstances and forgot Who was walking beside him. Jesus was disappointed in how little faith His follower really had. It wasn't until he was tested that Peter realized his focus wasn't where it should have been. His trust in God sank and he was about to do the same.
Jesus rescued Peter not because He catered to his fear, but so that His power could be revealed to the new believer.When they reached the boat safely the entire crew witnessed the power of God and the possibilities available to them when they focused on Jesus and not the water.
Let me ask you about your faith? When crashing waves want to overtake or pull you under in defeat, what are you focusing on and where are your eyes looking?
It was in that situation that Peter received power from God to save and deliver him from certain demise. Turn to Jesus during the crisis or storm and He will do the same for you.
"God is our refuge and strength (abundant, available help)
He is our ever present help in times of trouble."
(from Psalm 46:1)
Giants Can Be Defeated