It is difficult to live in the strength of the Lord when one has lost ones joy! The struggle each day becomes keeping a positive attitude in the midst of the inherent strife of daily living with other humans! How is it possible? Our focus must be on the LORD - for it is HIS joy that is our strength! But why is this so difficult! I tend to limp from one offense to another! I seem to be so easily offended! What is my problem?! My "little feelings" are so easily accessed, and pitch such big fits! It is clear that the ME-Decreasing and HIM-Increasing program is an ongoing thing - but what is taking so long?! And why is it so hard some days?
Today the challenge I put forth to you is the same as I take up for me - let's try to praise our way through whatever dark cloud has hovered over our camp and find the silver lining of unrestrained Joy in Him! He is the silver lining in the dark clouds of this economy! Heis the silver lining in the storm clouds grief, brought on by the inconsideration of, often unwittingly, though sometimes deliberately, hurtful relatives - be they spouse or siblings or children! He is the silver lining in the raging waters of emotional distress of any kind! He is our anchor, He is our Peace, He is our foundation, our solid rock! His Grace IS sufficient! It is!
So, thankful for His Spirit, who reminds me of these things - with renewed joy - I again brush myself off, from the recent encounters with offense, I CHOOSE to forgive, to push aside the offenses cause by sheer rudeness and inconsideration, etc. that have come at me - as seemingly unpredictable and incessant as the summer rains; and as painful and annoying as the resulting mosquitos it has brought - and seek His peace.
I CHOOSE to remember that - no matter the size and timing of the storm - HE is in my boat - and I WILL make it to the other side! I CHOOSE to let HIM speak Peace to the storm in my heart, and to let Him have the pain so He can heal it once again. Look at me being all "pro-choice" and "pro-life" at the same time!
Life is not a cake walk, its a storm walk. Whether we walk on the waves or succumb beneath them is decided by how good a hold we have on His hand - and whether or not we can maintain eye contact with the One who gives us our Faith to go on! Some days it is too much like work - and I feel like Tigger - "I get sea-sick, from seeing too much!" - lol - but what else can we do? Today, again, it is sink or walk time. Swimming is a self-effort - and not an acceptable solution. He enables us to walk or to climb back into the boat - He did not give Peter swimming lessons! Today, again, and as many times as I need to, I choose LIFE. I choose Peace. I choose Yeshua and His JOY! To borrow from our illustrious speech making president - "YES! We CAN!" L'Chaim! To Life!
And - Shabbot Shalom, Chavarim! Sabbath Peace, Friends! (Resting in Him as commanded, finding nothing broken, missing, defective or cursed). What a Mighty God we serve!