A real ride?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When life takes turns that leave us numb, sometimes we simply don’t feel we have anywhere to turn. We may even lose confidence in ourselves, others, even God. When the ride gets rough, were do we turn?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Life can be a real ride. Something happens and we peer down the road, straining to see what we expect to see; and, usually, we expect the worse. It’s human nature. The car breaks down and needs to be towed away to the repair shop. What will it cost this time to repair it? What if it is something we can’t afford to repair? We tell ourselves, “I need my car! I can’t afford to buy a new one. Now what?” We gaze down the road of life, whether it be unexpected repairs, sickness, a job lost, a friend or family member who has strayed, and all we can see are the deep caverns with rushing rivers of misfortune and doom crashing through them.

When life takes turns that leave us numb, sometimes we simply don’t feel we have anywhere to turn. We may even lose confidence in ourselves, others, even God.

Here’s a story: About halfway through a PBS program on the Library of Congress, Dr. Daniel Boorstin, the Librarian of Congress, brought out a little blue box from a small closet that once held the library’s rarities. The label on the box read: ‘Contents of the president’s pockets on the night of April 14, 1865. Boorstin then proceeded to remove the items in the small container and display them on camera. There were five things in the box: handkerchief, embroidered ‘A. Lincoln’– a country boy’s pen knife – a spectacles case repaired with string – a purse containing a $5 Confederate bill – and some old and worn newspaper clippings. ‘The clippings,’ said Boorstin, ‘were concerned with the great deeds of Abraham Lincoln. And one of them actually reports a speech by John Bright which says that Abraham Lincoln is ‘one of the greatest men of all times.’ There is something touchingly pathetic in the picture of this great leader seeking solace and self-assurance from a few old newspaper clippings as he reads them under the flickering flame alone in the Oval Office.” (Swindoll, The Quest For Character)

Sometimes, life is nothing more than a steady, chilling rain that robs us of our hope and puts our confidence into a tailspin. “Where is God? Why has he abandoned me.” Even Abraham Lincoln suffered from doubts and was often discouraged with his life. It happens to all of us; the mighty and the humble. Yet, isn’t it remarkable that every time things seem at their worse, almost magically a bridge appears to pierce the darkness and span the sorrow. That’s God: the great bridge builder at work. He’s never far from us even when life seems to be the most pressing. In fact, it is at these times that we can know that he’s truly at his closest. Are you threatened today by life? Believe that your “times” are in God’s hands. Lincoln may have needed his meager news clippings to keep his confidence. Nevertheless, our assurance and comfort isn’t something we can carry in our pocket; it’s the holy Being of God, the transcendent One, who carries us in his holy pocket. Now, that’s true comfort.

We pray. Heavenly Father, Dear Lord, you have kept me alive for a reason. I want to help others and especially my family at this time. I have made mistakes, I know you forgive me.I feel so useless at times, shackled by chains of economic insecurity. I’m in the game, please let me win so I can devote myself to helping others and your cause. I trudge on daily, but the finish line is not in sight. I continue to try my best to always do the next right thing according to your plan for me. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://www.praywithme.com/prayer-for-strength-to-carry-on.html–adapted)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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