I made 26 yesterday

and not many regards came through, I’m not canvassing for shout-outs but goodness, Paps said nothing, kid sis said nothing…
Kinda has me asking, now what?
Whatever that decision will be, I don’t want to go through it if You aren’t going to come with me,
thank You for seeing me this far,

till next time,
easy does it 🙂

The roller-coaster ride of life (1)
‘He has made everything appropriate in its time.’ Ecclesiastes 3:11
One preacher said, ‘Friends, if I were God your body would always be 18, you could eat anything and maintain perfect weight; your middle-aged wife would have the face and figure of an angel; your mid-life husband, thick hair and washboard abs; your youngsters as intelligent as Einstein; your teens cooperative, logical and consistent. Temperatures would be 72 always; snow would be warm, melting overnight; and there’d be no nasty people. Alas, I’m not God!’ So we age, gain weight, struggle raising kids, shiver in winter, sweat in summer, and put up with difficult people. Welcome to the roller-coaster ride of life! It’s neither punishment nor proof you’re fatally flawed; nor is it heaven or hell selecting you for ‘special’ persecution, nor evidence you aren’t truly saved. No, it’s just life in the real world! Jesus said, ‘On earth you will have many trials’ (John 16:33 NLT). As in the physical universe, there’s an underlying ‘law of wave mechanics.’ In accord with it, our energy, emotions and creativity ebb and flow consistently. Sometimes we’re on top of the mountain, other times the mountain is on top of us. But whether at peak or trough, God’s law of wave mechanics functions – for our benefit. ‘There is…a time to weep (trough), and a time to laugh (peak); a time to mourn (trough), and a time to dance (peak)’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1&4). While it’s more fun to laugh than weep, ‘He has made everything appropriate in its time.’ Relax. God, who is Alpha and Omega, determines the seasons of your life. Whichever one you’re in, the Word for you today is: ‘My grace is sufficient for you’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV).

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.

The roller-coaster ride of life (3)
‘He has made everything appropriate in its time.’ Ecclesiastes 3:11
Life on the peaks is a picnic, but what about life in the pits? In times of turmoil, struggle, heaviness, doubt, loneliness and failure, where do we go? In his classic, The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis’s senior devil talks to his nephew Wormwood about their mutual enemy, the Lord. ‘Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never in greater danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending to do our Enemy’s will, looks around upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys!’ When our pit is deep and God seems to be nowhere around; when our prayers rebound like empty echoes, what then? ‘No longer desiring’ – all positive emotions are shut down. ‘But still intending’ – nothing’s left except the sheerest of gutsy faith we can muster just to stay afloat. When it doesn’t even feel real anymore, we trust, and by faith and nothing else, ‘still obey.’ Our senses get distorted, even numbed, in life’s pits. We begin doubting the reality of God’s Word and our standing with Christ, believing our emotional pain is evidence that we’re lost and things are hopeless. These desert seasons leave us feeling distant, alienated from God. Such sensations appear credible to pit-dwellers, while thinking and speaking faith sounds and feels unconvincing. But the enemy knows his cause is never in greater danger than when a child of God ‘looks around upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys!’

The roller-coaster ride of life (4)
‘He has made everything appropriate in its time.’ Ecclesiastes 3:11
The roller coaster of life runs both day and night. Some trips take place in the dark, where things are difficult to distinguish. ‘Who is among you that fears the Lord, that obeys the voice of His servant, that walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God’ (Isaiah 50:10 NAS). Yes, even the godly who ‘fear the Lord’ and who ‘obey the voice of His servant,’ will at times walk where there seems to be no light to guide their footsteps and no warm glow to comfort their troubled senses. These are not times of punishment, retribution, or abandonment. No, they’re times when God is working out the next important stages of your development, aligning you for greater advancement in His kingdom! Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, men who feared the Lord and obeyed His Word, were ordered to be burned alive for refusing to worship the king’s golden image (See Daniel 3). Listen to their faith confession: 1) ‘Our God…is able to deliver us’ (v 17). They never doubted God’s ability. 2) ‘And he will deliver us.’ They never doubted God’s intention. 3) ‘But if not…we will not…worship the golden image’ (v 18). They never considered an alternative to faithfulness to God. They had to go through to get through, and they did! You will too. Stay on the roller coaster. ‘Trust in the name of the Lord and rely on (your) God.’ He has the last word, not the devil, circumstances or people. Like the three Hebrews, you will come out refined as gold tried in the fire.

The roller-coaster ride of life (5)

‘He has made everything appropriate in its time.’ Ecclesiastes 3:11

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (New International Version)

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Giving up in mid-ride isn’t an option – it’s foolish! A depressed church member told his pastor, ‘I’m tired of trying. I’ve been down so long, I can’t muster up the faith to believe God for deliverance anymore.’ The pastor said, ‘First, you can never justify quitting, because you have the Lord on your side. He won’t quit on you, He promised He’ll ‘never leave you nor forsake you [so]…do not be discouraged’ (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV). Second, His Word says, ‘If we believe not, he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself’ (2 Timothy 2:13). It’s not just a matter of your faith, it’s a matter of His faithfulness. When you can’t seem to believe, instead of focusing on your faith in Him (or the lack of it), begin to focus on His faithfulness to you!’ What great counsel for the roller-coaster ride of life. Now, let’s add some more encouraging observations. Third, God doesn’t owe us an explanation so we shouldn’t look for one, but He promises us an exit. He ‘will with the [testing]…make a way to escape, that ye [might] be able to bear it’ (1 Corinthians 10:13). Until He gets you out of it, He’ll get you through it. Your part is to stay on the roller-coaster. Fourth, He’s producing good in all your circumstances. ‘And we know that all things work together for good to them…who are the called’ (Romans 8:28). God puts pits and peaks together, and out comes your good. Fifth, while He does so, the Son and Spirit intercede with the Father for you, daily (See Romans 8:26-32 and 34-39). With all that going for you, how can you fail to make it?


5 thoughts on “I made 26 yesterday

    1. @ Nev, thanks man
      @ Heaven, thank you hun
      @ TRP, thank you 🙂
      @ Basics, I don’t feel different, maybe my ears will grow out this year, lol

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