Saturday, April 25, 2009

This is NOT the Life I Ordered!


"The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." (John 12:25, NIV)
I'm sure you've never had a day like this: Everyone's up and it it in the morning. Coffee is being poured. Lunches are being packed. Showers are being taken. Family members are getting dressed. Things are humming along just as they should be. Suddenly, a crisis related to your child's special need arises. You treat, medicate and attempt to get the situation under control. But denying the inevitable becomes useless. Your child's not going to school. The plans you had for the day just got scrubbed. And you may even end up at the hospital... again!
That was one of my days recently. I was planning to visit the gym to work on my own recovering health, after the rest of the family had left for work or school. After that, I had a very important meeting scheduled. However, I didn't end up with the day I had ordered. My heart sank as I had to clear the decks, set my own stabilized health aside and cancel my meeting because of my child's unexpected health crisis. It was not life or death, mind you, but it could easily have become so, and was enough of a problem where school was not an option.
In my excessively mature way, I threw myself on my bed and yelled, "I have no life! All I ever do is run to doctors, and run to hospitals, and run to therapists! If it's not Charlie, then it's Sophie or me. I hate this!"
Whew! That certainly didn't do much to improve the mood in the household!
Once I was done with my detour to Selfish-ville, God's words came flooding back to my mind: "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." (Romans 8:18, NIV) And, "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:17-18, NIV)
My friends, when we are "havin' a day", we need to remember that this life is just temporary. It may not be the life we ordered, but it's not the life we're stuck with forever! Thank God that Jesus went to prepare a place for ornery souls like me & you! (John 14:2-3) He took that unthinkable punishment for us, so that we could enjoy an eternity better than anything we could ever ask or imagine. And we were built for that eternity, not just for these few days we may hate.

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