They say that timing is everything. My cat, were she temporarily endowed with the gift of speech, would probably agree with that today. In one ill-timed moment, she learned what it means to be in the right place at the wrong time. Or maybe the wrong place at the wrong time…I’m never sure which variable claims the role of guilty party.
I saw it all happen from across the kitchen but was unable to quickly navigate through the maze of grocery bags I had just brought in to be able to avert disaster.
The cast of characters:
- One large, unevenly shaped spaghetti squash wobbling on the counter
- one cat meandering through the kitchen
- the force of gravity
They all converged in one dramatic moment. The squash rolled off the edge just as my unsuspecting feline blissfully strolled past. The impact made me wince (even as I laughed), and then her stunned and drunken weaving through the house (To go where? Away from squashes?), along with the hateful look she gave me, made me laugh even more. Cat lovers – you can breathe easy; she is just fine, and it took her a lot longer to get over being mad at me (??) than to recover from the smack on the head.
The thing of it is, I have some dear friends who were going blissfully about their lives this week when the enemy snuck up and rolled a giant spaghetti squash of trouble off the counter onto their heads. Live reversals, diagnoses, life and death situations, betrayals.
As I spent time in prayer for each of these impossible situations, I realized the truth about trials. I saw that in life, all we really have is Jesus. We don’t “own” our good health. We don’t “own” our happy lives, free from uninvited, painful situations. Or our jobs, or our families.
The truth is, all we really ever have is Jesus. In the dark and desperate times, when everything else is stripped away, we actually understand that.
If it is you who find yourself in that place today, where the rest of life fades into the background, and you stand alone with your great and isolating experience, know this:
- All you really ever had was Jesus, and you haven’t lost Him. You still have the only thing that will get you through this trial.
- This will not last forever. There will be happiness again, and clinging to Jesus, you will come through this to the other side.
If you never had Jesus in the first place, today would be a great day to change that. He’s waiting with open arms.
If you are in that lonely place of painful struggle and want someone else standing with you in faith to see God bring beauty from the ashes as only He can do, drop me a line. I will pray.The truth is, all any of us ever really has is Jesus, and that is enough. Click To Tweet
With faith, hope, and love,