"More, More..."

>> Monday, August 6, 2012

My life has turned into one big contrast:

Crisis-Status Quo

Every time I think, “Okay, now we’re on the upswing,” something else happens to blow apart my tidy world.

Oh, I know: Things happens. Get over it.

But I’m a person of consistency (which is a stuffy word for structured/anal) so when my earth tilts, sometimes I find myself sliding off the edge.

Make that ‘most’ of the time.

Church has always been a place where I get my batteries recharged. It helps me learn and grow, the worship a balm  to soothe my weariness. But due to vacation, I ended up missing services two weeks in a row.

And my stability beast reared its ugly head.

Couldn’t wait to get there yesterday.

While I was driving, a song by MercyMe came on the radio. It’s called, “Jesus Bring the Rain.” Here’s the chorus:

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

The song reminded me of the whopper thunderstorm we had Saturday night. It blew in 30 mile an hour winds and unleashed buckets. The temperature dropped so I threw open the windows to take advantage of cool breezes.

It was awesome.

And while wind damage, loss of electricity, and downed trees could have been an issue, I found myself cheering, “More, more, bring it on…”

Can't say I've done the same during the “rainstorm” my life has become. Cries of "bring it on" haven't come out of my mouth although a few rants of  "less, less" have.

I’ll admit it: When winds of chaos swirl around me and I’m drenched in discouragement, it’s pretty hard to stop and praise God.

Yet scripture says:

“Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.”
(1Thes. 5.16-18   The Message.)

I don’t think "be cheerful" means I’m going to be happy about what is going on. But it does give me hope. Hope that he will help me though. That he's in charge. And that if I look hard enough, I can see him at work. Even if it's just the fact that he's given me breath to endure for one more minute.

And then I won't drown in the rain.


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