Maybe these are questions for which there is no answer, I will ask without expecting one; Why is it that in times of stress it seems people who could take a load off your shoulders seem to respond by piling more on? Why does a child always want to ride one more ride at the amusement park even after they have ridden everything to exhaustion? What is the reason we are never satisfied with what we have always wanting what seems to be right past our reach? Why do you see cows with their head stuck through a barbed wire fence eating grass from the other side while the barbs are sticking in and tearing the flesh on their neck? Is the grass really greener on the other side? Does anyone ever marry the person they were really in love with or will they always pine over the “one that got away?” I happened to be reading in Ecclesiastes and noticed that he was basically asking the same questions, after that I didn’t feel so cynical. I read the whole book and it seems that he was mystified at how everyone works and it all seems to be for nothing, everything is smoke and vanishes, wow, what does that leave? Chapter 3 Vs 1-8 tells us that there is a time for everything,
A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.
But when he gets through with this he says “what good is it all when we are only going to die?” Sounds to me like he was feeling a little depressed and haven’t we all been there? There are times that we feel like a hamster on a wheel running as fast as we can but never getting anywhere! That’s when you have to just stop and take a deep breath. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.
Things happen to us quickly, the way a tornado suddenly appears in the sky and makes a day, perfectly beautiful only moments before, become full of wind, rain and destruction. Sometimes our lives feel like a combo of hurricane, tornado, and earthquake has hit us! I was praying for a desperate situation and God spoke into my heart, I am going to share it with you as best I can. “When a tornado comes you are hit by the front of the storm, it is terrific in it’s intensity when suddenly everything becomes very calm and still. You might think, “it’s all over! I can go back out and play!” You go along for a little while when BANG you are slammed down by the back wall of the storm, which is worse than the front, and you are flat on your face, or worse, picked up and tossed around in the air, mingled with all the other debris, then dropped on your head, breath knocked out of you if you survive it!
When you are in the calm, the eye of the storm, it is like being in My perfect will. If you move with the eye, you will stay ahead and safe from the backside of the storm. Stay in the center of my will and you will weather the storm without injury.” After God spoke that into my heart I took pause to think it over and I Googled “the eye of the storm”. I have always been a let-me-fix-it kind of person, if there is a problem I try to find the quickest solution and go for it, but God was telling me to sit still in the center of His will, to let go and let Him take care of me. 1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. There are some things that only God can solve, it’s like having an abscess in your tooth, it hurts, you can take medicine to try to calm it, the infection might come to a head on your gum and burst, offering relief for a little while, but ultimately you have to go to a dentist to fix it at the root. Is the front wall of a storm slamming you? Hang on, when the eye passes over you, know that God is guiding you into His perfect will, don’t try to walk out of it by yourself, you will be pounded by the other debris being thrown around like tossed salad! God will get the storm under control and give you strength to face whatever it is that you need!
Psalm 121:1 I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. From Psalm 91 His huge outstretched arms protect you—under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. When we have a storm like Hurricane Sandy, the slaughter at Sandy Hook School, airplanes being blown up in the air, war on every hand or the Fiscal Cliff you are about to fall over, ask this question, What is the conclusion of the whole matter? 12:13-14 Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad. Thinking of a line from one of my favorite broadway show tunes, There’s a place for us, somewhere a place for us, We’ll find a new way of living, We’ll find a way of forgiving Somewhere, NOW is your Sometime!