You know, I really love it when everything works out just right. Those times in your life when you feel rock solid. Each of us has some foundation around which we order our lives and all seems right with the world. Last year, our family faced a number of issues (I called them the Big 6) that really challenged us and somewhat de-stabilized us for a period of time. Sure enough, eventually everything worked out but it was an odd fall in 2013. We had high hopes that 2014 would start out much better than last year.
And when Janet and I are back at the Greenbrier, the troubles of our lives seem miles away and it is easy to fall into the rhythms of relaxation. Sometimes, when we travel to other destinations, it takes at least several days for me to kick back, relax and enjoy the time off. I guess I have worked for so many years that going on holiday doesn’t come easy for me. But the Greenbrier, that’s a different story – immediate rest, and that’s so important.
But now it’s back to reality and the little trials in our lives are back – we are in the midst of trying to do a number of things in the new house. We have painters and workmen who are assisting us with getting the new place ready. Our old home hasn’t sold yet and that has become something of a distraction to what we want for our lives moving forward. In fact, we are a little anxious for the old place to sell. Once we made the commitment to moving, our lives shifted gears and we are looking forward to spring and the season of new growth. Aside from the old house, I have some health exams coming up and most of you know that I don’t particularly care for doctor appointments. So things are a little bit in limbo right now.
The thing that it is important to remember through all the trials and tribulations is that God is rock solid. No matter what the issue is, God is already aware of it, knows what the outcome is going to be and will be with you every step of the way. And that’s the truth. The verse for this evening is a reminder that God has broad “shoulders” and can handle anything that is thrown at Him. We are told, in Psalms 55:22, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”
My encouragement this evening is that you should continue to depend on the Lord as your rock and salvation. He won’t let you down. My prayer is that you will experience the divine peace that comes from total submission to the Father and that you will come to appreciate the times in your life when you feel rock solid. Because that’s a gift from God. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…