I have word magnets on my fridge. The kids and the grand girls occasionally play around with them. Well, so do I!
One day, after little Miss R made shapes with the words and she had gone home, the word “Life” fell off and hit the floor. I picked it up and absentmindedly re-stuck it on the fridge door. Except it ended up sideways. I left it there as a reminder that…
It makes me think of the rides at an amusement park. Like those big swings flinging its riders out sideways. Gives them a different perspective on things, doesn’t it? The riders may scream but they are always firmly secured. And after the allotted time, the ride is over.
Now and again, life slings us out into trials and heartaches. So, what happens when our lives go sideways? We feel off-kilter, dizzy, disoriented. And on occasion, screaming in fear.
Do we let go and fall on the floor? Do we become disconnected from our praise and thanksgiving?
Have you ever tried being thankful for those sideway rides? Those closed doors, broken relationships, depleted opportunities, jobs, or income, repossessed home or car, for what you don’t have?
Sure, it’s difficult. Sure, it seems counter-intuitive. But no matter how bad things are, they can always be worse. Therefore, we should always be thankful the Lord is with us, for all He offers us: His comfort, His peace, His joy, His strength, His victory, His guidance, and all the rest.
As Paul tells us, “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18 TLB)
Because of your circumstances, has praise and thanksgiving ever gotten stuck in your throat? It has in mine. But I have learned…
As I go through trial after trial, circumstance after circumstance, what happens to my praise and thanksgiving? What happens when my day is darkened with a multitude of problems? Do I still sing to Him anyway? You bet! When my eyes spill over with the tears of heartache, do I still look to Him and praise Him? Absolutely! When chaos invades my world, do I still claim His peace and praise Him? Yes, indeedy! For “I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of His glories and grace.” (Ps. 34:1 TLB)(When Thanksgiving Gets Stuck in Your Throat)
I have also learned Paul’s secret, “I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want.” (Phil. 4:12 TLB)…(Destination Thanksgiving)
Does life sometimes turn you sideways?
What about that different perspective the, uh, swingers have? Have you ever thought being flung out sideways may give you a new perspective on things?
In your trials and heartaches, do you maintain your peace, thanksgiving, and praise? Do you sit at the feet of your beloved Lord, spending time in His presence?
Spending time with the Lord always keeps us connected to Him. Always firmly secured in Him. He will see us through until our ride is over.
So, when life turns sideways…