Chasing Contentment

Monday, March 21

I am constantly amazed and awed by the flow of life and by how God so flawlessly orchestrates it all. I’ve had conversations with two friends – and read a blog entry - this morning that have brought me to this idea again.

So often, in our lives, things come in bunches… bunches of good or bunches of bad. And we feel so overwhelmed by the bunches of bad that it seems practically impossible to go on. I have certainly felt that way! I felt that way consistently last fall, and now, I am delighted to stop for a moment and realize that I don’t feel that way now.

Aleece said she keeps thinking of the verse that says that God will never give us more than we can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13), and she said she feels like she’s got more than she can handle. I’ve felt that way. I’ve listened to other friends who’ve felt that way. I think, though, that when we need that particular verse the most, that's when we feel the least like it's true.

That's why it's called faith. There's nothing in our lives at that moment in time that would bear out the truth of God’s promise and yet we must believe in its truth anyway. Because God says nothing untrue. And if we are able to believe in Him and in His blessings, then we must believe that He will provide for our safety in the midst of our unease. And we must believe that He will give us a path. He will provide.

I’m thankful, also, that God seems to give us an ebb and flow between people the good and the bad and between me and mine. LeeAnn’s parents have had such health problems, and those problems were so difficult and frightening, and yet, God at the same time gave that family such a blessing in this baby LeeAnn is expecting. And as one of her parents became stronger, the other became more frail, each leaning on the other at just the right time. How beautiful a picture! Two hearts married for so long, leaning on the other during the good and the bad.

May Mike and I have that kind of love, the kind that stands up when everything screams that it’s time to sit down. May the two of us, individually and as a couple, fix our eyes on the One who makes everything… good and bad… and who knows our path.

[  posted by Chel on Monday, March 21, 2005  ]


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