I just sighed deeply. I really didn’t want to have to deal with it.
As I stood outside, about to get into my vehicle, I literally looked up in the sky and said, “God, I know You see me. Please help me.”
Peering into the heavens, I thought about the vastness of His creation and how I, in the grand scheme of things, am but a speck.
And yet, God is mindful of me.
As I drove down the street, I continued praying. I was doing my best to keep my mind focused, so what was going on around me didn’t get inside me and vex my spirit.
Well, I believe the answer to my prayer came in the form of God shifting my focus.
I saw a story about a 21-year-old veteran who had returned home from Afghanistan. His loved ones threw him a welcome home bash. Sadly, he was shot dead outside during his very own party.
I reflected on the news that Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife and daughter Charisa, along with all the other passengers aboard their private jet, died in a crash.
Life is short.
You just never know what will happen on any given day.
Then, something that happened last week came rushing back to my mind.
When I showed up at the radio station from where I broadcast my daily show, I learned that a mentally ill man had killed himself inside a pawn shop right up the block. Before committing suicide with that fatal shot, he had taken others inside hostage.
Thankfully, everyone else got out safely.
My co-workers were pretty shaken up about it that day. The first I heard of it was from them when I showed up a bit early for a meeting in the conference room. It had been an especially busy day for me and I didn’t have time to keep up with the local news.
They told me a S.W.A.T. team had been camped outside for the duration of the scary incident.
Thinking on those things helped me put my annoyance into perspective yesterday and come to the conclusion that there are far worse things going on in the world.
Real tragedies, unlike my minor stuff.
So I got it together quickly and realized that what had me momentarily flustered was not even worth it.
But not that deep.
At this very moment, there are families in mourning and struggling to make it through. While I have been through my own difficult days, today is not one of them. I have every reason to be grateful, not because things are perfect, but because they could be much worse.
Trouble is a natural part of life--whether minor or major.
As long as we walk the earth, until our dying day, we are guaranteed to be confronted with it. It is an inescapable fact of life.
We all, at some point, will hurt, grieve and experience incredibly challenging circumstances. There will be storms to weather, battles to fight, heartbreaks to get over, and prolonged seasons of suffering to endure.
So what are we to do?
Well, we cannot spend our lives dreading the fact that life is imperfect. We must call to mind the truth that Jesus shared in John 16:33: in this life, we will have trouble.
It is a promise and a reality we must face.
I wish I could honestly say, both to you and myself, that hardships skip over us when we know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. I would love to say rough spots are a thing of the past when we become Born-Again Believers.
That wouldn’t be true. I would only be deluding both you and me.
Yet, there is good news.
When you and I go through life’s valleys, we are not alone. God is there with us and He is able to give us the kind of peace that transcends all understanding, according to Philippians 4:7.
Just yesterday afternoon, I was reading about a woman named Darlene Johnson whose firstborn son died at eight years old. Understandably, her world was rocked. Still, her testimony today is that God granted her “overwhelming peace” through that horrific period.
Her story was another one God used to help me zone in on what matters and to remind me that He is there for anyone who comes seeking refuge in Him.
Friend, the Lord did not promise we would lie down on a flowery bed of ease, always understand what He allows, or feel strong through the struggle.
Yet, He does offer us peace, comfort, help, compassion and refuge through it.
He is always there, holding our hands and giving us what we need to make it.
Through it all, God is with you and me.
And that's what matters.
To encourage you, I’m stirring the words of Jesus found in John 14:7 NLT into your cup of inspiration. He said, “I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, may you remember that, while God does not guarantee perfect circumstances, He will grant us perfect peace.
Now let’s pray.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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