A friend shared a video of her young granddaughter not long ago.
The young star grandly announced the "amazing front flip, back flip dive" as she made her way to the deep end of the pool. and leapt into the water. Then, something went awry.
She came up coughing and sputtering. Her grandmother calmly encouraged her to get a breath in. She recovered quickly and firmly called out, "Cut!"
Gram could be heard chuckling softly before saying, "All right, Sweetie," With that, the video ended..
Since then, I've been thinking about tough times in my life when I would have liked to call out, "CUT!" with that same immediate result.
Times when I was quite certain that if just one more thing was heaped on this girl's plate that everything would tumble to the floor in one big pile of mush.
Life sure gets messy sometimes. Whether due to poor choices on my part or circumstances beyond my control, dark days have come.
I'm sure you have experienced them, too.
Chaos reigns supreme whether it be due to normal (but sometimes overwhelming!) every day life or there is something
extremely serious going on that is almost too much to bear.
You just want to freeze time and fast forward to a happier, stress free period, thank you very much! And when there's more than one dilemma in the mix... oh, brother! It's at these traumatic times in life that many people tout there must not be a God for if there were, He surely would not let things get in such a mess. Or there are those who believe there is a God and that He has it in for them!
The image of someone furiously shaking their fist at the sky while they rant and rave springs to mind. I remember having a moment in my life like that many years ago. Well, I didn't actually shake my fist at the sky raving like a madman, but I do recall looking up at the night sky and angrily asking God what was up! But that's a story for another day. If I'd only known then what I know now! I'm so very thankful that the light finally clicked on! Understanding God and His ways makes all the difference in how we deal with adversity.
Take it from someone who has dealt with her fair share of trials and tribulations. There is a God and He is NOT the cause of the dark things that happen in our lives. He wants to be our refuge and strength when we are faced with trying times. If God is real, so is the devil.
Bad things happen because sin entered the world and it was the evil one that brought it. Worse than any super germ known to man, most believe sin bore into Adam & Eve so deeply that it intertwined with their very nature. It became ingrained in their—our—DNA. Thereby, every child born into this world has carried it forward. As if that isn't bad enough, it has spread throughout the entire earth causing all death, decay, sickness and pain. But sin did not take God by surprise. The remedy was in place even before the creation of the world.
Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." ~John 16:33 So when we're dealing with a moment, a season, even a lifetime of adversity, we can call out, "Cut!"
When dark days loom before us threatening gloom and doom, with Jesus in our hearts and lives we can trust that everything will be all right. You've got to take it on faith.
It's a conscious decision.
Keep telling yourself God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do. Tell God, too. You'll be chipping away at the darkness surrounding you and sooner than you think, you will bask in the light of the word! God loves you. Jesus does, too! If you haven't asked Him into your heart, please do it today! You won't regret it. I'll be praying for you. Love, C P.S. Here's a link that shares where to go in the Bible when we are dealing with trials and tribulations. Take them to heart. :) Thank you, Jolly Notes! http://www.jollynotes.com/inspirational-verses/bible-verses-about-feeling-sad-down-depressed-bible-verses-for-people-feeling-sad/