Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Navigating the Titanic of Life

April 14, 1912. A day forever significant in history for being the day the Titanic struck an iceberg which lead to the deaths of over 1,500 people. The monstrous vessel celebrated the title of the fastest and most luxurious ship of it's day and was said to be "Unsinkable". It had the most modern technology available, multiple fail-safes built in, and the ability to communicate conditions with ships up to 400 miles away. On the day of the ship's sinking, five different messages were sent to warn the ship of icebergs. Coordinates were even included. The Captain received two of the ice warnings. The ship was also traveling faster than was considered safe for iceberg-infested waters. Several other ships in the water sent warnings to the Titanic but the warnings fell on deaf ears. These along with several other factors lead to the collision that cost the lives of so many innocent people.

God has left us the Bible, a living instruction manual with the ability to help us through any of the challenges we might face. Remember, the Bible is LIVING. I read one thing and get something out of it and you read the same thing and can get something completely different. It is like art, but not, because it is inspired by a God who wants to show you EXACTLY what you need to see. Instead of stabbing in the dark or pulling from your "life experience" to find your interpretation, He can show you exactly what you need. 

Second, He gives you the understanding to know to surround yourself with wise counselors. The Titanic had lots of modern technology, crew, and other ships to help the Captain with his decisions. Surround yourself with people of wisdom-a wisdom greater than themselves. Godly wisdom still exists, you just have to be willing to look for it. After you have established it, be sure to listen to the when the painful truth is shared. Ignoring the wise counsel of others can set you up for disaster.

Despite these safeguards, sometimes we still think we know better than God. For those situations, God is still there. He gets the deal. He gave us a free will and expects us to sometimes take liberties that contradict His intention for our lives. Does it surprise Him, no! He's already prepared to help us up when we fall.

Isaiah 43:1 & 2
"But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you."

These verses don't specify if you stumbled into the fire, jumped into the fire, were just playing with the fire, or the fire was something God allowed to bring you closer to Him. The point is, He is RIGHT THERE WITH YOU! He doesn't let you go through your struggles in life alone. The failure is when we chose to wallow in our problems. Problems don't improve if we decide to distract ourselves during the storms.
It's like being on a river in a canoe and at the first sign of rapids you respond by lying down in the bottom of the boat. Navigate through that crap! Don't hide! God's got your back and He's got way more experience! Get close to Him and start looking at the directions He left you! We have Google. It's fantastic! Try it. "what Bible says about depression, laziness, heartache, etc" 

My encouragement today is more for my own ears than anyone else's. I am struggling. Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same. My mind wanders constantly to where it shouldn't be and I want to just hide in bed and wallow. Despite my mind closing in on me, God is here whispering in a still small voice. He wants to comfort. He loves and cherishes each of His children and when we hurt, He hurts. He can absorb the pain, but not if we don't let Him in. I can sit on the bathroom floor of my mind with the door locked and my face in my hands, or I can open it and let Him flood my soul with His love. Be encouraged today.

Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

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