We had another round of bad storms last night. Fortunately there were no tornadoes in our immediate area. I think the closest one touched down about 30 miles away. These storms keep getting worse these days and I have to wonder if it is a taste of things to come or just a low spot in the rhythm of life. When I look at the news, I see chaos all around me and it looks there is no relief in sight. There are killings, floods, earthquakes, fires, riots and more disease than one can mention.
Even if some of these things don’t directly affect me, they still cause stress. It’s no wonder I am tired all the time. I really need some serious quiet time to recharge my batteries. And I know I am not alone. In talking with some other people at work they are all feeling the same way. What we need is little quiet places in our lives where we can get away and sit and meditate. I like working in the greenhouse. That is my quiet place.
I am still reading Psalms. I know, I know, I am a slow reader. I do enjoy Psalms as it is very poetic and easy to read. Most verses were intended to be sung. In reading though, I noticed that David went through the same things we are going through now. At times life for him was great and he praised God and thanked him for all he did for him. At other times though he was down and feeling defeated and he sounded very depressed. At those times he questioned God’s intent and didn’t understand the reasoning behind what was happening. He often asked “What have I done to deserve this?” I do that a lot when things go wrong. I wonder what I did to deserve something bad happening in my life.
Although I am only a short ways into my reading of the Bible, there have already been killings, floods, earthquakes, fires, riots and more disease than one can mention. All the things that are going on today have happened before. In some cases they were worse than they are today. In most cases, they have happened more than once. So maybe this isn’t the beginning of the end. Maybe this is just a low point in life and things will get better. I am not ready to give up and say that this is the end so I am going to keep on living.
Personally, life for me has been great lately. I have nothing to complain about. There may be some little things but the little things aren’t worth complaining about. The world around me may be crashing in but my world is rosy. I must be doing something right for God to bless me like he has. I think we should thank God for the wonderful things in life and blame man (ourselves) for the bad things. Usually though it is the other way around. People tend to the take credit when something good happens to them and blame God when things go wrong. I would be taking a lot of credit these days if I did that. So how is life treating you?
Have a blessed day,