This is undeniably a very challenging time for me in life. Lots of things around me are out of sorts; and to say the least, I'm out of sorts! I'm not exactly sure what's going on in the spiritual realm, or what God is allowing to happen so I can learn a lesson. I'm not even sure what lessons he's trying to teach me, except I remember the word he gave me for this year is, #FAITH!
Just a couple hours ago, our dog Brewster the Black Lab had what looked to be a seizure. He went off into space, was almost unresponsive and his pupils dilated. His symptoms were more extreme in the moment that I don't need elaborate on; but the main point is, WHY DO I FEEL MY PUPPY IS UNDER ATTACK! We just got through a very rough couple of weeks praying he didn't need surgery for an ACL tear. And now THIS!
So......... I'm taking him to the vet this morning and praying all is well. It took him some time, but he came out of it and he's now appearing normal.
What can I say? This is life. But not the life I expect. Not the "one thing after another" life I want. I want the life that's full of constant joy, laughter, fun, abundant blessings and outpourings of God's goodness. Prosperity unending and miraculous events I can't explain but only that I can stand in awe of and extend my gratitude for. The only good; no bad allowed life!
But wait! What fairy tale am I living in? Where do I get the idea that life is easy and full of constant TV moments of BLISS! That's NOT real; this is REAL life. Ups and Downs; the unexpected, the good and bad; the pretty and ugly; the real life we all have but are afraid to tell others about. The real life that hides behind doors, hides behind masked faces and fake smiles. The real life that sits behind computer screens pretending to be someone we are not.
I'm here to share "Real Life" with you. It's not all glorious, it's not all bad. It's a one day at a time journey where we constantly need to seek God, keep our focus on him, stand steadfast in prayer and remember that in and through it all; God is for us and not against us. God loves us more than we can fathom. God is working all things out for our good. Jesus Christ is alive and well, he is seated on the throne and all creation is His. No matter what is going on, no matter what we see or feel, no matter what our life looks like right now, let's keep on keeping on, keep our eyes on the prize and give thanks and praise to the Lord of Lord and King of Kings! He is the Great I am!
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28)
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