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“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you’.”
Comparisons big and small are dangerous, mostly because they get us stuck on us.
What goes through one’s soul when we notice a “friend’s” exotic vacation to the Bahamas on Facebook
while stuck staring at “bare branch” trees in late mud season
while driving on winding roads in Vermont and New Hampshire?
What goes through your mind when your Chick-fil-A mobile order crashes
(including that yummy free treat you have earned) and while standing helplessly in the store lobby,
another guest announces that he is here to pick up his mobile order
and promptly is handed a large bag full of breakfast items and is on his way
to a busy and productive day before you can even mutter the words “my pleasure”
Every day circumstances like these can’t help but make one feel, if we are not careful,
that the “timing of our life” is off . . maybe way off.
There will always be several sets of eyes
watching how you handle your Mud Season “bare branch” moments.
You see, most folks know it’s not hard to be upbeat and selfless
when you are riding a wave of achievement, success and reward.
But what will others see when life has you in limbo, you know, in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Will they see a sense of self-pity and self-absorbed bitterness and victimization?
Or will they see joy emanating from a life that knows what it is to be held and cherished
by the hands of one nearly anonymous Jewish Carpenter . .
hands that raised a dead daughter to life . .
hands that gladly took up the lowest position at an unforgettable last supper . .
hands that were nailed to a cross and held the sins of the world . .
hands that extended to an unbelieving disciple
and transformed doubt and despair into unshakable hope . .
hands that commissioned true followers to get over themselves
and become messengers of that very same hope . .
including when we find ourselves in the fatigue, uncertainty
and at-times tear-filled heartbreak of a not so glorious “Mud Season”?
His invitation to us today?
“Capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
His promise to us today?
“I am the Lord your God . . let me take the lead . .
look at Me, not your circumstances . . reject fear, I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13)
To claim this promise means we are ready to have the time of our life
and dispense with the egomaniac-driven practice of whining about . . “the timing of my life”.
“Father, all praise goes to You for it is by Your great mercy that I have been born again,
because You raised Jesus Christ from the dead –
now I live with great expectation. Amen” – 1 Peter 1:3
How is God encouraging you today?