Friday, March 13, 2009

Sometimes I feel like a...



I don't know what your first impression was, having read the title of this post and then seeing the photo of two horses' rear ends. I'd love to know, I need to laugh hard and long to finish out this week, which was a tough one. So if you'd like to know how I feel today, I feel a little like a horses' patoot.

The picture above drives home my point that sometimes, we feel like we're tied to something and can't let it go, or can't get around it. Sometimes we're stuck and just can't move forward. We can't let go of our anger. We can't seem to get around our frustrations. Like we're standing in a huge drafty tunnel and trash is just blowing all around us and at us. This week I learned a relative may have an incurable illness. I found out a beloved friend is very ill. I found out another friend has been laid off.

Last night, I drove home late from work, exhausted from the busy day I'd had, from a week that had left me more tired than normal and wondering what the devil was going to do next. I prayed for these friends and family on my mind. I questioned God on why things like this happen. I asked specifically for what I wanted and hoped God would do in these situations.

I don't know what the outcome will be for my friends and family. But God knows. I cling to the scripture - "All things work together for good, for those who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose."

We are all going through some challenge or conflict. Sometimes we wonder how we will rise up from it, how things will get better.

Look back at the picture of the horses tied to the trailer. Instead of picturing the horses as blocked and tied to the trailer, imagine the trailer being the Cross. We aren't blocked by the Cross, but we are tied to it - And thank God we are tied to the Cross! Without that, there would be no hope in the midst of all the illness and tragedies surrounding us.

So when you're feeling down, remember another scripture I cling to:

Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

5 comments:

  1. When I first began to read your post my first thought was that life had indeed thrown you another curve and you were at your ropes end. But, the more I read, the more I began to realize that you indeed know in your heart that God truly does have everything in control. Proverbs 3:5-6 is my favorite scripture when things happen and I do not understand why:

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.

    Another verse I cling to when I don't understand is this one:

    "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)

    When difficult things happen in our lives, our family and friends lives and we don't understand, we know that God does. He has everything in control. We must simply trust in Him and know that everything will work out for the good.

    Stay strong my friend and God bless and keep you in His loving arms.

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  2. Thank you, Valerie. I too love those verses from Proverbs and Isaiah and I appreciate you mentioning them.

    Thanks for stopping by today!

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  3. Christy,
    When I looked at the pic I thought you had done something embarassing---and we're feeling like an _____. But, reading your post reminds me why you are such a great writer. You see so much more than the obvious..so much more than the big picture--you see the depth and what all it encompasses.
    I hope you have found peace with all the situations--they sound tough. Chin up, girl!! You know the Truth.
    And yes, thank God we are tied to the cross. How else could we go on through all these trying times.

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  4. Christy, I got a big laugh out of the photo! Thanks for that.

    I loved your post. I'm so sorry about your week. But the verses you (And Valerie, too) mentioned are so special and will help you though it.

    Missy

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  5. Thanks Lindi and Missy. I hope I got a laugh out of you guys when you saw that side of the horses. My mom took this picture; one of the horses is one my dad has started riding and temporarily adopted.

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