Erma Bombeck once said, "There is a fine line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, and humor and hope." I think we can all agree that there is a lot of truth in that statement. A day can start out so wonderful and look like it is going to be the best day ever then very quickly go down the tubes with a single phone call, a email, a rude clerk or even a boss that had a nasty morning before he/she got to work and met up with you. What if the news or situation is even more serious? Then all of a sudden you feel as though you are walking against the wind when just a few minutes before that you felt like you were on top of the world.
The Bible says "a cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." It goes on to say "the Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace." God wants to be our strength today and everyday. He wants to ground us into his unshakable joy. He longs to guide us to the still waters and do a mighty work in our heart to increase our capacity for his joy.
Three years ago my day started out very normal I was fixing dinner when my husband came home from work. He said three words to me that changed our life. He said "my chest hurts" he said it has been hurting most of the day and it is not letting up. He went on to say it seems as though it is getting worse. We got to the hospital they ran one test and the doctor said the good news is you are not having a stroke, but I am so sorry to have to inform you that the large blood vessel branching off of your heart has torn all the way down your leg. We are not equipped to treat you here, but I have requested for a critical care unit to transport you to a hospital that can and a specialist will be waiting for you. She went on to say my concern is it is uncertain if you will make it to the hospital. She went on to say that the test I ran is not a test I would normally run. I am so glad I did because that tear would not have shown up on any other test.
I felt at that moment as if I could not breathe, my husband and I immediately began to pray. He made it to the hospital, the specialists was waiting on him and immediately began his examination. He informed us surgery would be fatal due to the locations of the tear. Our friends and family joined us in prayer and three months later my husband returned to work and three years later he is still working. We could have allowed fear, doubt and anger to take over, but we stood up against that and chose joy, gratefulness, thankfulness, faith and hope. We said God this is much bigger then we can handle, but we know you are in charge. We turned it all over to God and followed the plan the doctor laid out for us. At the time we felt as though we were walking against the wind and every corner we turned our faith was being tested and our joy was trying to be stolen from us. It seemed as thou the wind would blow fast and furious against us with negative thoughts and words our way. We knew the bible says "no weapon formed against us shall prosper ; and every tongue that rises against us shall be condemned."
We stood on Gods word.
So when you feel you are walking against the wind raise your hands and voice up to God and sing his praises. Give it to him and let him take over tell him it is to big for you that it is over your head. "The joy of the Lord is your strength."
May God overfill you and your family with his joy,