If I could describe my life in the past week, I would borrow from the popular title, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Now I’m not completely familiar with the TV or book series, so I’m not sure if the correlation exactly fits, but let’s just go with it for now.
As we were ending a relaxing and enjoyable Labor Day weekend, I was ready to tackle the first week of school head on. But then an Unfortunate Event occurred. Then another. Unfortunate Event after Unfortunate Event.
If each Unfortunate Event had occurred independent from the other events, it may have been slightly more manageable. But when you’re still dealing with the aftermath of one event, when another one is occurring, it can bring a flood of overwhelm.
As I’m coming up on my year anniversary of launching D4TD, I can just look back and see all the situations that I’ve experienced in the last 12 months, along with God’s faithful hand, which was there for every one of them.
But sometimes it’s tough to look beyond our current predicament. So once again, I found myself fighting off the anxiety trying to spring up inside of me. Then then I thought about the type of scenario that regularly occurs with my daughters:
Has your child even broken or lost something that you could have easily replaced or experienced a situation that seemed devastating in their eyes, but as their parent, you had the power and every intention to make everything “all better” for them?
It can be frustrating to have to reassure a distraught child in that situation over and over again – even though you’ve promised them that everything would be alright, and you would take care of it – they continue to fret, and don’t express true relief until they’ve seen it happen with their own eyes.
God reminded me of this same scenario as I went through an internal battle between anxiety and peace. And even though I have no idea how some of the Unfortunate Events are going to play out this week and beyond, and sometimes it seems like I’ll have to deal with a bigger and potentially scarier outcome than I’d want to deal with, I realize that I’m smack dab in the middle of an opportunity for me to trust God even more.
Today’s Play Prediction brings comfort as we know that God is always there, and ready to come to our rescue when we need it. But it would take His peace to keep us calm during the wait.
Each test I pass, each situation that God brings me through, leads to tougher situations in the future. It’s spiritual weight-training – God is building my spiritual muscle to be able to handle heavier challenges. And to encourage others to do the same.
As is always my natural preference, I just want to tap out when facing these challenges or have them magically resolved in an instant. But I know there is always a purpose behind everything I experience – for me, for my family, for my readers, and even for future encounters and relationships.
One evening I was thinking about everything going on in my world, I came across a song that took me back to my own childhood. On YouTube I came across an old video of Walter Hawkins and proceeded to stream his Love Alive II album. In the late 70s and early 80s, I would listen to a cassette tape of those very songs in my late grandmother’s kitchen, along with my late Aunt Kathy. I knew every song, every word, and every inflection from that entire album.
When “Be Grateful” came on that night, it seemed to be God’s response to all my thoughts related to the Unfortunate Events that had taken over my mind that evening.
From the somber musical introduction, it immediately grabbed a hold of me, and as I sang the initial lyrics that naturally sprang from my long-term memory, the words spoke to and reassured me…
God has not promised me sunshine
That’s not the way it’s going to be
But a little rain
Mixed with God’s sunshine
A little pain
Makes me appreciate the good times
God desires to feel your longings
Every pain that you feel
He feels them just like you
But he can’t afford to let you feel only good
Then you can’t appreciate the good times
And the chorus repeatedly reminding me to Be Grateful, and then the bridge as the tempo picks up and soloist’s powerful voice reassured me that God promised not to leave or forsake me. And then the last line was God’s final response to me…
For it will be alright!
If you’re not familiar with this song, I’d encourage you to take the time now to listen and allow God’s peace to surround you.
I’m thankful for God’s peace that has continued to be my companion through these Series of Unfortunate Events. When we experience His peace, we don’t have to concern ourselves with what the end result will be for the situation we currently find ourselves in.
Our Father will take of it. He’s already reassured us of that. Just remember to be grateful…
Do you have a situation causing you to worry about the outcome?
Can you trust that your Heavenly Father will take care of the situation for you?
In what ways can you move towards peace while you wait for the outcome?
Feel free to share your response in the comments section…