What’s Another Bucket?

Sometimes, when a trial goes on for long enough, the initial shock effect wears off and we are left with a dull, nagging pain that hurts just enough to remind us that it is still there.  As humans we have an ability to adapt to our surroundings, with some adjustments to our way of living life.  It sort of reminds me of the war that was set into motion by the attack on 9-11-2001 in our country. 

I can remember the images of that day and the emotions that were stirred on that tragic day.  Our entire country was motivated to do something about what had been done to us, regardless of how much controversy has arisen since then doubting our need to be in the war that has continued to this day.  The only difference is now we’ve all pretty much settled back into our own little lives and it only hits home when someone we know has been killed or wounded over there. 

Personally, my life has been full of tragedy.  About the time I’ve adjusted to the current set of circumstances, something new happens to upset the apple cart, so to speak, and the current pain is compounded by all the hurts from the past.  Some people will argue that I haven’t allowed healing into my life for these past hurts or that perhaps I am holding on to them for pity or some other crazy reason.  I think that past hurts are just part of who we are, regardless of where we are in the healing process.

This evening though, the house was quiet.  The kids had plans and Eric was asleep due to his work schedule.  I started thinking about our current struggles that began about 3-5 years ago.  Many things have improved, but on the current path, we are looking at about 3-5 more years before we see some remarkable relief, unless God chooses to deliver us sooner.  I was thinking about how I can see growth in myself.  My husband and children have grown as well and our relationships have also strengthened, all of which are things to be thankful for.  I have to admit though, we’ve had a few things added to our current situation and I asked God, “Didn’t you have enough to do already?” …lol

Almost as soon as I asked the question, my mind was directed to the story in the Bible of Elijah and the prophets of Baal.  They were going to have a contest. Elijah instructed them to call on their gods and he would call on the name of the Lord.  The God that answered by fire would be declared the true God.  As the story goes along, the prophets of Baal called out to their gods to no avail.  Elijah mocked them, suggesting their god was busy talking, away on vacation, or just sleeping.  They got desperate and began cutting themselves in an attempt to get the attention of their god.  Still nothing.

When it came to be Elijah’s turn, he not only placed the sacrifice on the altar, but also dug a trench around the altar and requested that four barrels of water be poured over it.  Then he requested four more barrels be poured upon the sacrifice.  A third time he requested four more barrels of water to be poured upon this altar.  He then prayed a very simple, confident prayer, to which God quickly responded.  “And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.”  (I Kings 18:39)

I started thinking, God can and has been taking care of our circumstances.  We’ve even seemingly adjusted to our current life and although different, we are doing well.  God steps in and performs miracles each month to provide for our financial needs.  The additional financial strains that have come our way just recently are just barrels of water.  The comforting thought is realizing that there are no limits to Gods power.  Nothing is too hard for God.  Oh, sure, we make these statements, but do we believe them?  Are we really trusting in God or just holding our breath until the current trial goes away?  I’ve been guilty of the latter, but I’m thankful for a God that talks to my heart and sometimes even takes the time to spell out the lesson for me in such a way that I am able to understand and remember it.

With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14)

In our home, we had a running joke.  Whenever the kids would claim possession of their rooms, my husband would correct them and say that they belonged to us and that we were merely allowing them to stay there while they lived at home.  My son even corrects me when I tell him to clean ‘his’ room, reminding me that it is ‘the room that dad allows him to stay in.’  Too funny, but true.  In all reality, what do we own?  Everything we possess are just things that God allows us to have while we are here.  It all belongs to him, even our own bodies.  When we finally realize this, it relieves a lot of pressure.  We wear ourselves out trying to bear the load alone, when all along, God is just waiting for us to ask for His help. 

Our struggles will not always disappear the moment we pray, but we will see results.  Our load will become lighter and we will see the answers that we need in all areas of our lives, in His time.  Probably the most important result in the story above was the impact it had on the people who were once unbelievers.  If we allow Him to, God will not only provide for us, but use our struggles to show His ability to everyone that is watching our lives.  What an important role that is for us!  

My God is more than enough, 

He can supply all of my needs,

He is my El-Shaddai,

He always looks out for me.

Jehovah-Jirah, He is my God!

 

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