I walked into the board room for a meeting, and all the seats were taken, so I settled for standing at the end of the room rather than go through the trouble of going to the room down the lengthy corridor to pick a chair.
I later learn, word gets round, that my gesture of standing through out most of the meeting was met with mixed reactions, some said, ‘She’s arrogant’, others said ‘She just wants to be seen’….shock was my initial reaction, I’m over it now.
till next time,
easy does it 🙂
The roller-coaster ride of life (2)
‘He has made everything appropriate in its time.’ Ecclesiastes 3:11
The song says: ‘I beg your pardon; I never promised you a rose garden.’ Neither did God, so beware of ‘rose garden’ theology. The Christian life is not an either/or experience, where either you’re a believer and life is problem-free, or an unbeliever and life is tough. It’s a both/and experience, bringing times you’ll enjoy and times you’ll endure. The Bible’s heroes experienced both the thrill of victory and the sting of defeat, some, like Elijah, even wishing to die. Consider the paradoxes of God’s Word. Jesus was a ‘man of sorrows’ (Isaiah 53:3). Yet He was also ‘anointed…with the oil of gladness above (His) fellows’ (Hebrews 1:9). Paul said he was ‘sorrowful, yet always rejoicing…poor, yet making many rich…having nothing, and yet possessing all things’ (2 Corinthians 6:10 NKJV). These were his thoughts when he said, ‘I can do everything through him who gives me strength’ (Philippians 4:13 NIV). In Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV) Solomon says, ‘A merry heart does good, like medicine.’ In Ecclesiastes 7:3 he says, ‘Sorrow is better than laughter: for by sadness…the heart is made better.’ In Ecclesiastes 7:14 (NAS) he writes, ‘In…prosperity be happy…in…adversity consider – God has made the one as well as the other.’ Rejoice! In your both/and world, God is still on the throne. He’s controlling the mix of joy to sorrow, peace to conflict, loss to gain, want to satisfaction, tragedy to triumph, with your best interests always foremost in His mind.