Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Caution...Work Zone

It's been awhile. Some 'life' has happened. It might make you uncomfortable.  Ready or not change has arrived. Honestly, more change is on the horizon. Like it or not, want it or not, change is what we get. Better watch out, because you are about to enter a work zone. Work zones are messy. Work zones can be dangerous and they are not always pretty. Work zones, to the untrained eye, can seem like a crazy, chaotic, hot mess. Yep. That about sums it up. My life right now is a work zone. And yet in the middle of the chaos there is peace. There is a since of divine calmness in this multi-faceted circumstance that is seen by most as a hot, crazy and unfair mess. There are details that are beyond my control. Things that I did not see coming; things that I did not cause; things that have forever altered what I thought the future would be and would hold. It's a major re-model. But it is not absent of God. God is in fact - right in the middle of it. Psalms 138 sums it up well.
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;   for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.  All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth. They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord. For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
I cannot change the chaos - but I can give thanks and praise.
I cannot calm the crazy - but God can calm my heart
In the midst of these troubled times - God is truth.
When I am freaking out just a little bit, or even a lot - God is there.
His hand is outstretched - we walk through this together.
He will fulfill His purpose - but He has no obligation to follow my plan.
His purpose is eternally greater than a job, or a location, or a bank account, or even a medical diagnosis - and His purpose stretches farther than my eye can see or my mind can comprehend.
God's love is unchanging, unwavering and unending. Even when I don't exactly feel it - His love is still here. God's love anchors me to Him beyond the details of today's circumstance.
He hasn't given up on me - He's just getting started.
But it's a work zone.
I'm a hot mess.
It's ok.