Thursday, May 17, 2007

What Is Life Throwing At You Today?

One never knows what life will throw at you.
One never knows if the things they fear will happen or not.

Take my home town.
(Yes I was born in south Florida but I consider north Florida "home".)
Take my home town of Lake City, FL.
Lake City is in Columbia County.
Columbia County is where the fires are burning in North Florida.
The fires are north of Lake City.
Everyone in the county knows the fires are there.
Everyone is affected in some way.

Some are affected and in danger of loosing their homes.
Some are only affected by the smoke and ash in the air.
Some are affected by the fear of 'what if'...
what if the fires spread and come to my end of the county.

One never knows what life will throw at you.
One never knows if the things they fear will happen or not.

Take my blogging friend Connie at
Her daddy was scheduled for a 'procedure' recently to determine if there was a malignancy.
Everyone in her family was affected by this visit.
Some were anxious about what the visit would show.
Some were concerned about what would happen if the diagnosis was not good.
Some are concerned about her daddy's very salvation.
The results are in.
Pancreatic cancer.
All are now praying for her daddy...both for his physical healing and for his eternal healing.
All are affected by the question...what now? What treatment? What changes have to be made? What is ahead for us? What if we don't know the answers?

One never knows what life will throw at you.
One never knows if the things they fear will happen or not.

And yet last night ... my biggest concern was who was leaving American Idol. I really don't care for Blake's singing at all. I felt Jordin and Melinda were two of the very best in the entire competition. During the results announcement, I sat there and said "That's just not right! Melinda should absolutely be in the finals!" Melinda deserved better than she got.

One never knows what life will throw at you.
One never knows if the things they fear will happen or not.

What is life throwing at you today? Are you facing a fire or a major illness, or are you just facing the frustration that the TV shows you watch are not going the way you want them to go?

What are you fearing will happen? How are you facing that fear?

Are you trying to put out all your fires on your own or are you handing the water hose over to our Loving Lord and asking Him to contain the fire for you?

Are you trying to be the healer for the health and soul of those around you or are you on your knees before the Great Physician saying "Loving Lord HELP!"?

Are you too focused on the mundane things like television or sports or yard work, too focused to see those in real need around you and around the world? Are you willing to get off the couch and on your knees and lift up those in need (like my hometown and Connie's family), lift them up in prayer? Then are you willing, if physically possible, to go and help those you have prayed for?

We never know what life may throw as us but we know Who is in control.
We never know if the things that we fear will happen or not so our Loving Lord reminds us ... not to fear ... for He truly is in control.

From "The Message":
Luke 1:13 But the angel reassured him, "Don't fear, Zachariah.
Luke 1:29 She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, "Mary, you have nothing to fear.
Luke 5:10 Jesus said to Simon, "There is nothing to fear.
Acts 4:31 While they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God's Word with fearless confidence.


Connie Barris said...

Thank you for your prayers...

I'm a big pool of tears....

yes, in one moment your life can change... forever...

love you

Sharon @ Little Lessons said...

Love you back!
Praying is the least I can do!

Wish I could send you some tissues through this email to dry your tears. :-(

CrownLaidDown said...

Well said, Sharon...What an honor and tribute to Connie and her family...
In a moment, my husband nearly died of an appendix rupture...BUT he's alive. In a moment, our oldest son nearly siffocated with the umbilical cord wrapped tightly around twice...BUT he's healthy and happy and fine.
I love that God in in the business of changing our course and directing us and giving us that "strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow."
What a sweet friend you are (and your writing is marvelous!)
Love in Him,