July 10th, 2018 — IGNITE

Ever have “one of those days”? You know which one I’m talking about, don’t you? “One of those days!” You’re busy… you’re in a hurry… you’ve got an appointment to make. You running late, so you skip breakfast and just grab a cup of coffee. You head out the door… oops, you forgot your satchel. You go back in the house… grab it and head back out the door. Then you realize you don’t have any car keys. You head back into the house… time is fleeting. You grab your keys, satchel in hand, heading back out to the car. You jump in the car… put the key in the ignition… turn it… nothing! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? You go back in the house to get the other car keys… now really lagging behind in time… jump in the other car wondering what else can go wrong, start it and head out your driveway. As you’re heading down the road, a couple of blocks from home, it hits you like a ton of bricks… you left your satchel in the other car. You immediately turn around… head back home… jump out of one car into the other… grab your satchel… jump back into the car that’s running… once again to get on the road to your already late appointment.

Ok, so maybe that’s extreme. Maybe it wasn’t the car. Maybe it was the clogged drain right before company came over. Or maybe it was more serious, like an unexpected illness… an accident… or someone dying.

Many times, when these things happen, it so very hard to keep our head on straight and keep the right perspective and focus. Generally, (and I’ll only talk for myself because I wouldn’t want to implicate any of you) I am so focused on the problem that it doesn’t register in my mind that God is present and everything is going to be OK. I don’t have to get all stressed out and bent out of shape. I don’t have to lose my cool and cheerful attitude. I don’t have to become anxious and doubtful. Why? Here’s why…
“For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.” Psalm 135:5-6

Those are some powerful words. Those are words you and I would be wise to hold on to, keep handy, even memorize for those moments when difficulty arrives.

What does that mean for you and me? Well, if our God is great and He’s not going to let anything happen in our lives that He can’t control, then you and I can survive whatever comes our way. I don’t have to deal with them – I can just give it over to Him.

Now that doesn’t mean I can just sit back and do nothing and expect Him to do all the work… nor does it give me the permission to have a bad attitude… stay angry… live in my hurt and pain… and treat people unkindly.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: The next time life starts unraveling, remember this little verse… “For I know the LORD is great!” Dwell on that!

Thank You for taking care of the details of my life. Help me to find Your joy today. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen