I will let that sink in for just a second because….yes.
What a vessel that man is, yeah?
Believing our circumstances are more important than Gods command. I don’t even think one person can say that this isn’t them, that they haven’t chosen their circumstances over rejoicing.
Because really, we are human, with perfectly imperfect human nature and desires and ego’s.
Friends, my circumstances feel all consuming at times. It is easier to look at my life and cry and pity myself.
So much laundry, broken car, sick kids, allergies, cooking, cleaning, homework, this, that, and the other.
Wah Wah Wah is what is being heard up in the heavenly realm.
Can you imagine for just a second how ANNOYING that must be. I mean if I was God looking down on my people at all the beautiful and wonderful and perfect gifts I have given them and all I heard was wah wah wah I would probably have to try my darndest not to strike those whiners down with lightening. That whiner, me, right here, I would strike me down.
Life is hard, God didn’t promise it would be easy, he promised struggle, he said that we would have trouble but to rejoice and take heart because he has overcome the world.
This world, this perfectly imperfect, awful, horrible, sin ridden world.
So friends, in my trouble, in my heartache, in my struggles, and crappy situations, I am going to go against the grain today, and I am going to rejoice, I am going to look up to heaven and say yes God, this sucks, but praise you, praise your glorious and wonderful name because YOU are here, YOU are present, and God, You are good.
And when I get it wrong again tomorrow or even ten minutes from now, Lord have mercy on me, because that beautiful servant of yours, Francis Chan, he said it best…
“I find myself relearning this lesson often. Even though I glimpse Gods holiness, I am still dumb enough to forget that life is all about God and not about me at all.”