Has your world ever been rocked?
Has the steady, even ground you thought you were standing on, suddenly shifted?
Instead of standing tall and certain, you find yourself in a place you never expected, never asked for, and never, ever wanted. You aren’t standing anymore. Instead, your legs are straddled precariously between a rock and a hard, hard uncertain place.
Any number of things can shake us up and down, left and right and all around. Some of my shakes-ups have included a long-ago bitter betrayal, then later, Caleb’s hemangioma birth defects and subsequent surgeries, Jake and Caleb’s autism spectrum disorder and our embrace of this condition, a cross-cultural move and its adjustment, and most recently my breast cancer. I’m sure you have your own list of shake-ups; both good and challenging. Each shake and shift has the power to set our souls reeling and our minds, hearts, and bodies to be completely upturned.
We don’t know where we are anymore.
We have some semblance of recognition of our location. Yet, because of our circumstance, we are treading over completely new and unfamiliar territory. And because of the life tremor we’ve just experienced, we may encounter fellow sojourners who have been upturned as well. However, in many cases, the people in our sphere have no knowledge, little understanding or the needed empathy to help us. They may have great intentions and truly do bring us comfort. However there is only One who can truly comprehend the upheaval of our lives and care for our broken hearts and confused minds.
For when a crisis occurs, one that turns us completely upside down and lays us flat, all of a sudden we realize our need for something more, something greater, something that will take us to a new place; a blessed place. We long for Jesus. We long for the eternal peace, health, security, joy and hope of His Kingdom.
I believe at the depths of our soul, whether we know Christ or not, our inner being cries out for a Savior.
We long for a place, a good place where disease, evil and death are not present. This present earth and its upheaval give us such a longing.
As believers and followers of Christ, we know of such a place. One day we will be there. It’s a promise.
Paul says, “…our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body,” (NIV, Philippians 3:20-21).
Isn’t that what we need?
We need a Savior who will bring this upside-down, uneven and uncertain, ever rocking and rolling, painfully-difficult-at-times world under his control.
I understand and embrace that maturity, grace, compassion, discernment, acceptance and more, often result from our challenges. These are all beneficial to our character development and maturity. However, let’s be real. The strength, love and mercy that we develop, grow through pain and sacrifice. Our growth and maturity comes at a cost.
Only Jesus understands the depth of our pain and the price we paid to overcome all of the rocking and rolling that we have endured, and for many of us, continue to endure in this uncertain world.
One day Jesus will come to transform it all!
Our bodies riddled with disease or overpowered by old age will be made new!
Our hearts, broken in disappointment, betrayal and loss will be embraced!
Our minds, uncertain about the instability of our times, will find peace!
Our souls, hoping and longing for that magnificent and incomprehensible day of glorious transformation will be realized!
One day Jesus will bring everything, every single thing under his control. He will take us up and transform us into His likeness! Not for one, temporary, short-lived day, but for every day!
The rocking and the rolling will come to an end.
Friends, I know many of you are being rocked out of your mind right now. Life dealt you a blow and knocked you completely off your feet. You’re in a place you never imagined you would ever be. I can relate. I’ve had it happen on more than one occasion in my life, too.
I can’t tell you why it’s happened or why it is still happening.
All I can say is that there is a Savior, in Jesus Christ, who is reaching out to you as He has done for me on countless occasions, to steady you.
The world, your world, may not make any sense, may be rocking and rolling, and feel out of control. Know this: Jesus is in control. He has the power and the strength to help you cope and find an amazing not-of-this-world sense of peace as you regain your ground.
This is my hope and my prayer for you. I love you.
May you find new ground in Christ as a result of the rocking and the rolling and embrace the truth that you are a loved and cherished citizen of heaven.
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