Ups and downs. Highs and lows. I get motion sickness by the mere thought of it.
In all honestly, I can be a major stress ball. You might never know this, unless you are extremely close to me. I have become GREAT at hiding it through out the years.. I was a born worrier. I come from quite the lineage of fearful peeps, come to find out. It seems danger lurks behind every corner. That risks are rarely full of reward, and you should always play it safe, or you will end up robbed by a little old lady on a motorized scooter.. This is the thinking that I began to challenge lately...or years ago (change takes time!)
Anyways God is always molding us and shaping us for His glory right?! Thank you Jesus. One day as I sat worrying about something very petty, he gave me an analogy/vision/revelation that I thought was worth sharing.
I had this image in my head that replayed itself. I came home from school one day all emotional about all the drama of being "the new girl". My world was over, one of the "popular" girls said something mean to me in gym class in front of everyone! Gasp! How would I ever recover?! My mom looked me in the eye and said "Oh Sarah, It's just High School."
Right now you might be wondering what relevance this has to this blog entry. But I know God gave me this vision to reveal to me the BIG picture in life, which is eternity..with Him. The one who fulfills us, loves us completely, will wipe every tear from our eye. We'll know no more heartbreak, have no more sickness etc.. pure peace. Sounds lovely, doesn't it?
The word says In James 4:14 that this life is like a vapor, you appear for a little while and vanish. After spending 4 years in High School, having been graduated for 9 years (Oh em gee I'm getting old).. I look back at my life, and High School seems like it was a vapor. How is it that at one time, I was so consumed with it?? Why didn't I just enjoy it instead of worrying all the time? I know what God was showing me, was that one day in eternity, I will look back at this life and ask myself.."Gosh why did I worry all the time? God YOU are so much bigger!"-- ETERNITY is INFINITELY bigger than this life that we are so consumed by. Take chances, DO not take life too seriously. LOVE even if it means getting hurt or rejected, and be what God created you to be. Pay the nay sayers absolutely no mind.. & Let the chips fall where they may knowing that this life is-- JUST High School compared to eternity w/ Jesus.
When things seem overwhelming and it seems like God is MIA on vacation (probably in Maui wearing a Tommy Bahama shirt singing karaoke or something) be confident that, just because something didn't go the way you deemed in your mind to be right, doesn't mean He wasn't in the midst of it. There is a lot of heartache in this world, but take heart bc he has overcome it, and if that's where your faith lies you will overcome it too. Rise above the trouble setting your eyes on Him the author and finisher of your faith(Hebrews 12:2).
Truth is we'll never know why a lot of bad things happen, and that is okay. It bothers me, but it's okay. Because what we do know for certain is that God is ever present, and always has a great ending to this somewhat unpredictable and tumultuous life, and that is where our mind should be. That is where our hope should lie and where our treasures should be stored.