We’ve all been there…
It seems like nothing ever simply settles down!
Do you remember Casey Kasem? He used to say, “The hits just keep on coming!” Of course, it was his job to count down the top 40 pop hits of a bye gone era, keeping the public informed and the record sales growing!
Life has a rhythm. A tempo. Just like the ebb and flow of the tide, life should be coming in, going out. Rough and tumble, soft and quiet. Roaring. Whispering.
John Denver sang, “Some days are diamonds. Some days are stone. Some time the good times won’t leave me alone. Some times the cold wind blows a chill in my bones. Some days are diamonds. Some days are stone!”
How do you pick up the scattered ends of life and wrap them into a bundle where you can be in control? Or, at least feel like you are in control. It’s tough. A friend preached a message last weekend about Nehemiah, and I’ve been thinking about him for a few days. He had a desire, maybe even a direct calling from God, to challenge the king and the people to the right of rebuilding Jerusalem. Restoring home. Much prayer. Fasting. And weeping for the terrible news of the distress back home.
With the kings permission and letters of authority to garner the timbers and other supplies needed to restore the walls of Jerusalem to their former glory and status, he went home to start the work.
I’ve seen those walls, and I’m not sure which portion he worked on, but it was a huge task. Challenges on every hand, and every problem met by a man who trusted in God. Height. Depth. Width. Weight. Many needed to restore, along with all the supplies to keep everyone fed, clothed, and protected. The enemy was against him so much that they repaired the walls with a trowel in one hand and a sword in the other!
Regardless, the end does come. Scripture tells us this:
So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God. (Nehemiah 6:15-16 NKJV)
Fifty two days of hard and challenging work and the finished day arrived… All the nations realized that the only way it was accomplished was that the work was truly done because God’s favor.
This is the one thing I find enjoyable today. If I’ve prayed and put everything under His control, then I will finish my work some day and all will see it wasn’t done by me… It was done because God was with me!
Think about this when you look at your busy schedule. When one day is up, and the next one is down. When the hit’s just keep on coming, give it all to God. Let him trim and compress as needed, and then simply trust that he has given you nothing more than what you are able to handle.
I believe this!