Ups and Downs
These are days of extreme contrast: excitement over a garage-sale success—$19,000 for the benefit of local charities—contrasted with news of the conflict between the people and the military in Myanmar; a miraculous healing of the husband with sepsis and the death of a 6-day old infant in the jungles of Myanmar.
Up one minute and down the next. It’s exhausting.
The world feels totally out of control. It’s gone crazy. Cities explode with mass shootings and prominent politicians get accused of horrendous behavior.
Now—today—is a good time to take a deep breath and get in contact with the Lord of the Universe. No matter the mess we get ourselves into, He is always there. During the good times, as well as the bad.
Lows and Highs
In Psalm 22:3 (King James Version) we read: “But thou art holy, O Lord, that inhabits the praises of Israel.” What we learn about our Father in heaven from this verse is that He is holy and He inhabits the praises of His people. So what do I do whenever the nonsense of this world is getting me down? I call a time-out and I praise the Father in heaven. I meditate on His holiness, His awesomeness, His everlasting love for me. And as I focus my thoughts on who He is and what He does, I begin to walk right into His very presence. He is there to comfort me in the times of my distress.
And while I rest in the presence of God, the world diminishes in importance. I am comforted by the fact that He is in control and that all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
The lows and the highs are mellowed out. There is peace in the world and in my heart, for my trust is in Him. Always.