The lyrics to an old song kept running in my mind, so I looked it up and found it kind of fit my life! Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you, And I’m wondering what it is I should do, It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face, Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place, Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.
I described my state of mind to someone as feeling it was in a blender, everything spinning, not knowing what would pop up next! It’s like watching a pot of vegetable soup boil, a carrot comes to the top, then a wedge of potato, an onion or piece of celery, that’s what life, is like, what comes up next? I am confessing this because I think a lot of us are in the same position. There are so many things to decide on, we have problems with our children, even grown children, finances, and our job, and for a long while I was, as many of you are, the middle of a generation sandwich, so many things.
Joel 3: 14-17 “Mass confusion, mob uproar—in Decision Valley! God’s Judgment Day has arrived in Decision Valley.” The sky turns black, sun and moon go dark, and stars burn out. God roars from Zion, shouts from Jerusalem. Earth and sky quake in terror. But God is a safe hiding place, a granite safe house for the (God’s children) children of Israel. Then you’ll know for sure that I’m your God. That verse shows us that no matter what our circumstances are, God has us in His hand! He has the whole world in His hand! Please don’t come back with “if God was so good what about all the wars and starving children.” There have been so many tragedies,floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, so many dead. Sometimes it seems that the ones who died were the blessed ones, not to have to try to survive one more day under such terrible conditions. So much controversy from our local communities to the worldwide stage, and it affects us, every one.
1 Kings 18:21 Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.
When I find myself in the valley of decision I pray the prayer David prayed, Psalm 34:6 When I was desperate, I called out, and GOD got me out of a tight spot. What’s got you stuck in the middle? I can’t decide when to do the repairs that need to be done on my house, financial decisions, or whether I would ever commit to marry again, but one thing I don’t have to decide on is my love for God. I also know that God doesn’t like for you to be stuck in the middle, or indecisive! Look at James 1:6-8 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Are you stuck in the middle?