September 21, 2012

Food for Heart, Sept. 21, 2012

"O taste and see that the Lord is good." -- Psalms 34:8

Sherrie Lambert,
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — At its best life is like a teeter-totter with all it's inevitable ups and downs. For the most part, it is relatively smooth and seems to move effortlessly – until someone suddenly jumps off one side or the other of it without warning.

It's those times, when life deals you that sudden jolt out of the blue, that rocks your world and really tests your metal. Seemingly without warning, you find yourself flat on your bottom, looking dazed, feeling confused and wondering what in the world's going on.

Life has hit you upside the head and, even if you're still standing, it's definitely left you wobbly on your feet. No where to run. No one to run to – or at least that's how it seems at the moment. You had a fender bender. Not the end of the world by any means, but it's an unexpected expense which translates into an unexpected burden.

The school called. Your child's been suspended. The doctor called. Your test came back positive. The garage called. The part's going to cost more than he estimated. The washing machine broke. The list goes on and on. REALLY?

Dumbfounded you say to yourself, " You've got to be kidding!" Or you shout to the air, "I need this like I need a hole in the head!" "Why ME? Why is it always ME?" Then you throw yourself a gigantic "pity party" to which no one comes but you. You tell yourself it doesn't matter. Who needs them anyway? They wouldn't understand. Nobody understands. It's you against the world and the world seems to be winning hands down.

Sound familiar? First of all, no matter how it may feel at the time, FYI ... the world does NOT win! Not if you are a Born Again Believer! In John 16:33 Jesus tells us, "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."

I don't know about you but inevitably when these words come to my mind, my mind begins to stop reeling. I get up, dust my bottom off and start to see a little clearer. Panic is replaced with peace. Guess there was someone besides just me at that "pity-party" after all. Micah 7:7, "My God will hear me." And with peace there comes perspective. Problem solving must involve  proper perspective and chaos is not conducive to a sound perspective. So, before you tackle the problem, spend some time with the Savior.

Pray. Settle the issue first by faith in the spirit realm. Praise. Believe that now it is only a matter of time before the solution comes.

It is for certain we all feel "under the gun" and/or "behind the 8 ball" from time to time. Trusting in the faithfulness of God and knowing, no matter what, that He is in control is not only encouraging during trying times ... it is essential.

We need to remember, my friends, that as Believers during our up times we "pray" and "praise." During our down times we "pray" and "praise." And you guessed it ... flat on our bottoms we "pray and praise." Do we get discouraged? You bet'cha! Can we be defeated? Never!

Psalms 27:13, "I should utterly have fainted, but that I believe verily to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living."