Pluses and Minuses

Life is not lived equally between extremes!

balancing-actJust as the sun is not always up over our heads in equal hours everyday, we understand that there is an ebb and flow to life and living. Some days are good, better and best…while others are a bit more negative, slow and hopelessly mired in molasses.

One of my favorite John Denver song lines states: “Some days are diamonds. Some days are stones.” At times we live speedily through the hours, and then there are times that an hour seems like it will never pass.

Last week we were moving at lightening speed. This week was down and slow.

Somewhere between the two is a happy medium.

This morning I was thinking about the inconsistency of life. You take some much needed R&R, but you are sick enough to not get about the countryside – you end up lying around and taking a few minor walks primarily to get some food! Medicine keeps your body fighting, but it also leaves you without strength. You get to enjoy the first fall storm, but the building you are in funnels wind like a tornado and it sounds like the walls will come crashing down – all makes for a poor night of consistent sleep.

Jesus said something that I’ve thought over for years…

I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. (John 9:4 NKJV)

It seems his ministry was always “on” with very few moments of “off”. It’s true he pulled away from his followers and the crowds for some solo time. Can you imagine the constant strain on a person for three plus years? Had his ministry been for 20, 30 or 40 years, would he have established vacation time? R&R time? You know, a little “me” time?

We live in a time when everything is about “me”. It’s more important what “I” want. We want time off from work and responsibility? Call in sick and use up all available time that’s legal. We want to have more of life than what we can afford? Enjoy as long as you can and file bankruptcy. We use up relationships as a box of tissues during cold and flu seasons.

Where is the constancy that says we will accomplish what we started, finish the day strong, lived WITHIN our means? Somewhere we have ended up more like a disposable society because we become bored. The world is constantly changing, so why not us?

Somewhere, somehow, we have got to learn from our past and change who we are, and what we have become. Let me point you to a consistency and a constant you should learn to understand…

For I am the LORD, I do not change; (Malachi 3:6 NKJV)

We adapt to the world based upon the morals that the world has and not what God has. We want the things espoused by a sinful world, yet we are to live sinless. We lose hope, but say we serve a God whose very definition of existence is Hope, Faith, Love, Mercy and Grace.

Our lives have become topsy turvy and wildly swinging between opposite poles of existence. Yet, in the middle of the storm passage comes my God, walking comfortably through the dancing waves. I do not see him being affected by the storms that everyone found dangerous. Nor do I see him soaking wet as the winds whipped the water into splashes. No. I see him simply showing us that no storm can affect my God that bids me to walk with him.

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. (Matthew 14:28-29 NKJV)

We know the story. Whether with fear and consternation, or a moment of boldness, impetuous Peter clambers out of the boat and walks toward Jesus. But then his eyes became focused on the wild waves. No longer was he looking to his Lord and Savior. That experience of walking high all of a sudden became a drenching and perishing plunge as he lost his ability. He cries to Jesus, “Lord, Save Me”. As he was losing his ability to survive, Jesus reaches out and pulls him loose from the threatening world. They step into the boat and IMMEDIATELY the storm ceases.

This is the life we live in. It can go from negative to positive in the flash of a moment. Hate become love. Misery becomes hope. What we experienced a moment ago changes in a flash to something better, or worse.

When life gets you down, look up to the savior. He’s there. Just waiting for you to acknowledge you need him. “He was there…all…the…time.”

But here’s where I want us to really think and live. Constant and consistent. Not living in the highs and lows of life, but living balanced between extremes regardless of the world around us.

Praying for you…