Sometimes

3/29/2012

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And when you're in a Slump,
You're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
Is not easily done
.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss


Many people seem to desire a fairy-tale life—happy, beautiful, rich and married to a Prince Charming or Princess Gorgeous who loves them desperately. But read the nearest fairy tale a little more closely and you’ll also find death, slavery, witchcraft, poison-induced comas, backstabbing and more. Sort of like a soap opera.

Would most of us be willing to put up with all that stuff to get the prize at the end, whatever that may be? And how might the first page of the next book read anyway? Prince Charming has an affair in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Princess Gorgeous turns to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain of her early years.

Life isn’t easy. It never has been and it never will be. Even Jesus himself said, “…in the world you will have trouble.” When a new believer comes to Christ, wouldn’t it be great to say, “from now on, you won’t have any problems—you’ll see!” What terrible and unbiblical advice that would be.

C.H. Spurgeon writes:

We are told that the Captain of our salvation was made perfect through suffering, therefore we who are sinful, and who are far from being perfect, must not wonder if we are called to pass through suffering too. Shall the head be crowned with thorns, and shall the other members of the body be rocked upon the dainty lap of ease? Must Christ pass through seas of his own blood to win the crown, and are we to walk to heaven dryshod in silver slippers? No, our Master's experience teaches us that suffering is necessary, and the true-born child of God must not, would not, escape it if he might.

The wonderful book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss does a great job of pointing out that sometimes things go great…and sometimes they don’t. That’s just the way it is.

But that’s not the end of the story.

Here is the rest of Spurgeon’s thought:

But there is one very comforting thought in the fact of Christ's "being made perfect through suffering"--it is, that he can have complete sympathy with us. "He is not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities." In this sympathy of Christ we find a sustaining power.

The good news is that you’re not alone. If you’re in a slump today, take heart in knowing that you have a High Priest who has experienced all the rejection, scorn, derision and loneliness that this world has to offer and then some. God experienced those things through Christ so that He could know how you feel at any time, regardless of the circumstance. No one else can make that claim!

Life is not a fairy tale and thank God for that—I’m getting too old to climb a hair ladder and if I flew on a magic carpet I would get airsick. Life is just one day followed by the next. Some days are great, some are awful and some are a little of both. But for the believer, it won’t always be that way. Here’s the whole statement from your Savior: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”(John 16:33) So

Be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
Or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

 

 

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