Thursday, December 8, 2011

When it rains...

Who can finish that popular phrase?  When it pours!  Is this true in your life right now?  We all have those days, weeks, months or maybe even a whole year when we feel like everything is just falling apart.  Everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.  Everything that can break, is falling apart.  If we hear one more bit of bad news, we just don't know if we can take it!

My husband has heard this phrase several times this week by several different people.  You see, he is in the middle of a big ordeal at his job this week.  I will not go into the details seeing as how it goes way over my head  and would be too tedious to explain.  But to put it simply, it is a big deal.  And everyone is using this phrase in trying to find all the solutions.  When something is figured out, something else happens, and it is, to use another popular phrase, a never ending cycle right now.  The bad news is pouring!

I feel like it is pouring at our own house right now also.  My youngest daughter was extremely sick a few weeks ago.  She and I had to miss the Rockettes performance that we had tickets to.  Well, yesterday my oldest daughter got up with a 101.7 fever and after nap it was up to 103...scary for this mom.  And as you might have read, we had plans to bake cookies and attend the Disney on Ice performance yesterday.  We all missed the show and our daughters' hearts were crushed again.  I couldn't help but have a quick, "Why is this happening again Lord?" thought pop in my head for a minute.  I didn't want to miss the show, but more than anything, I did not want my girls to miss the show.  My oldest daughter had been counting down the days to attend.  She was heart-broken and devastated...which made me heart-broken as well!  Among all the other negative things, these two big disappointments have really added to the feeling we are in a downpour on right now.

How are we suppose to stay positive when surrounded by so much negative?

The girls and I were reading a beautiful version of the birth of Jesus today.  It was found in one of their children's devotion books.  As I was reading, I had a thought.  Do you think Mary felt like it was pouring in her life?  Here she was, young, newly married, pregnant, not sure what was going on with her body, knowing this was the Messiah she was about to give birth to, the taxes were due, traveling was involved, this Baby was to be born at any minute, AND to top it all off, there was no room for them anywhere.  Mary was giving birth to the Savior of the world, and there was no place for them.  They had to settle for the stable.  They had to deal with not having a comfortable place to have this Baby.  They had to deal with smelly animals.  They had to deal with the itchy hay.  They had to deal with the cold night.  They had to deal with the negatives and focus on the most Positive thing that has ever happened!  God had provided the perfect place for His perfect Son to be born.

Today's Verse
"For with God nothing shall be impossible."  Luke 1:37

We read the above verse in the midst of Mary finding out she is pregnant with Jesus in Luke 1:26-38.  Verses 30-32 say "And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary:  for thou hast found favor with God.  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: ..."  How overwhelming?  How awesome?  And nine months later...and there is no place for Him to be born.

If it is pouring where you are, stay focused on Him.  Stay focused on the positive.  Stay focused on the fact He has a plan for every little thing that is going on right now, even the negative things, He has a plan and a reason for it.  And stay focus on the promise that "with God nothing shall be impossible."  He can and will get you in out of the rain.  It might be some place smelly, but you will be out of the rain, and it will be the perfect place.  We can focus on His love and His security, even when it is pouring.

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