This week’s post was supposed to include a response from one of our members. However, her great aunt died of a heart attack while driving which resulted in her grandmother being seriously injured as well. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family in their time of loss and need. May God comfort them and provide healing.
This tragedy gives additional weight and immediate application to our question of the week: What does it look like for your mind to be on what’s above when you’re actually living in the rhythms of your life on earth?
It is easy to become distracted by the daily events which consume so much of our time. Often, we get into a rut as the demands become routine. Our sense of purpose and passion become less clear. The thing about being in the rut is that looking around, everything looks the same and appears to have no end. The walls simply pass by in a blur and the path before us stretches on as far as we can see. Life also includes the trials, tribulations, losses, and troubles that seem to push us even further down.
It is when we look up that we find a different world. Outside the rut, the sky is blue, the flowers a blooming, and the birds are singing. Looking to God, we are able to see the beauty around us and find that there is another path beyond the rut. Focusing on God we find that He works all things for good to those who love Him (Rom. 8:28) and that His thoughts are for giving us a good future and hope (Jer. 29:11).
He is there for you in the best and worst of times to give peace, comfort, strength, and wisdom. His love and guidance lead to a view of our circumstances based upon His holiness throughout eternity rather than the momentary view we have of the rut. Looking to Him allows us to step out of the rut and take another path. Our perception of the world around us and our circumstances are changed by the knowledge of God’s power, love, holiness, and wisdom. In His presence, we find a passion to serve Him and therefore a purpose which gives perspective to our circumstances.
We will still suffer hurts, trials, temptations, and loss. The difference is how we perceive and react to these. James tells us to count it all joy when we face trials because the testing of our faith produces patience which will make us perfect and complete (James 1:2-4). Looking at it another way, is the hill you face just another obstacle to keep you down, or is it another hill to climb so that you can get stronger?
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