Sorry, life is not always peachy. Things can not go your way, life can throw a curveball at you in such a way that you didnt even think curveballs could even be thrown. You can be left in the aftermath trying to figure out what happened and what is going on like Job or the victims of the Katrina. lLife can be a mystery, but life can be good. However, we only seem to remember when things aren't.
Well, I've had a little ditty of a problem pestering my mind all day long, no rest from it at all. Unfortunately, I think I did what we all do. I made an issue too big in my own mind, I allowed my little ditty of a problem to grow until it shadowed over me like a hulking leviathon or behemoth towering over me and threatening me by its mere presence.
It seems blatantly obvious that God is working in those times, when things get too big for us to handle either physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually. Looking back at Paul's life, he went through some terrible things, shipwrecked, whipped a few times, even stoned (beat down with jagged stones, not getting high) and left for dead twice.
That means that he was on a boat when such a horrendous storm in the Mediteranean sea came along and DESTROYED the ship he was on, floated around in the water for a day and a half before being washed ashore, was given the 39 lashes to the back numerous times from fellow Jews (which must have been heartwrenching since he was a Pharisee), and was stoned twice by sharp rocks and hulking stones and left for dead by the angry mob that decided to stone him.
But in the perspective of eternity, Paul saw providence, and he saw that what he was fighting for was worth far more than silver or gold, for he was building up the church of God, he was brining people to Christ, showing them how to live a good life. Paul had an eternal perspective.
We all need to be reminded of this lesson time and time again, occaisionally to a heavier degree than perhaps last time. After all, things do not always go our way, money doesn't show up when we need it, friendships can float around in a limbo like place, our future could be a massive question mark, the car isn't running as great as it was before, and the to-do list just keeps getting longer and longer.
But in the limelight of eternity, when remembering that we are living for God, that we exist to love others with the love of Christ and to be loved by the love of Christ, that we exist to build up the church, to help show people what a family is, that we exist to help others live a life of godliness and holiness by hopefully showing them by example or explanation in the few moments that we see them. When we remember what life is about, these hulking leviathons and behemoths that scare us become cute little mouses that are nothing to be worried about. Because if God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8) With Christ leading the way, and making straight our paths before us, and recognizing that He loves us (and has the scars to prove it), there is no way that our problems should make us as depressed as they sometimes do.
"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2 Cor 4:17-18)
And just for the sake of stressing the verse that I want to stress, here it is again in bold and caps. "FOR OUR LIGHT AND MOMENTARY TROUBLES ARE ACHIEVING FOR US AN ETERNAL GLORY THAT FAR OUTWEIGHS THEM ALL."
All we have to do, is cry out to Jesus, and don't think that a strong man or woman would not cry out, because it certainly takes someone strong to admit that they need help. It is odd that Christianity could be so simple, but that is what validates it for me. That all we need is to gain an eternal perspective… and cry out to Jesus.