You know, life is tough when problems arise.
(Captain Obvious is my cousin…)
We all know that, right?!
But for me, sometimes life is tough when things are going great.
Because it seems like I'm always waiting for the "other shoe to drop."
Definition: to wait for something bad to happen.
(This expression originated in the late 19th/early 20th century. During the manufacturing boom of this time, tenement living – and other similar close-quarter living styles – was common. Apartments were often built with one bedroom underneath another bedroom right above it. Thus, it was normal to hear a neighbor removing their shoes, and sometimes hearing them loudly hit the upper floor. As one shoe thumped, the expectation of the other shoe making a similar disruptive sound was created!)
I know that this is a self-defeating thought process. I know that it exhibits my tendency toward negative thinking. I know that it doesn't say a whole lot about my faith and trust level.
I can make a bunch of excuses for it.
In fact, here are a few…anxiety issues, obsessive thinking, a faulty temperament. (OK, I feel slightly better doing that). But the truth of the matter is this – it isn't all that wrong to look at life this way.
There will always be *shoes*…and they will drop.
It is the one sure thing in this life.
It's Murphy's Law – (an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong...and usually at the worst possible time.")
I looked it up on Wikipedia. It's a rather interesting article. The one thing that really struck me was the many fields of study that have found this one basic adage to be true – physics, mountaineering, magic, engineering, medicine, law – to name a few.
Hey, I can even quote some Scripture that supports this idea:
"Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows." (John 16:33)
Was that statement uttered by Murphy???
Jesus Himself said those words.
And trust me, He knew what He was talking about!
Look at His own life.
He's born – YAY.
Herod tries to kill Him – BOO.
He's the Son of God – YAY.
His brothers think He's crazy – BOO.
He gets baptized, and receives God's blessing – YAY.
He gets tempted in the wilderness – BOO.
He brings the Good News to his hometown – YAY.
They try to kill Him – BOO.
He calls twelve disciples – YAY.
One betrays Him – BOO.
He's hailed as the King of Jews – YAY.
A week later, He's crucified – BOO.
I'm thinking that's why Jesus could say those words.
He knew it from experience.
LIFE. IS. TOUGH.
And just when things are starting to look up, just when things are beginning to go well, just when you think you can catch a little breathing room…
Is that that other shoe again???
(Like the giant puddle of antifreeze that magically appeared under one of our cars the other day – or finding out a certain beagle's preventive care medicine isn't stocked at the vet anymore, and you have to order it online, and now you have to pay for shipping – or the coffee that spilled all over my legs and feet and floor on a particularly tight mountain curve as I was
I don't mean to be pessimistic, but honestly – I don't know why it has to happen this way. It's just so discouraging.
In fact, I can't understand…
As I was saying, I can't understand…
"Sharon. Listen to Me."
Huh?! Is that You, Lord?
"Yes. I have something to say to you."
Me, Lord? Am I in trouble?
"No, not in a punishment kind of way. But yes, in a forgetting something kind of way."
What have I forgotten?
"The second part of the verse. That's not all I said, you know."
The second part of the verse.
The best part of the verse!
"But take heart, because I have OVERCOME the world." (John 16:33)
(Some great synonyms: succeed in dealing with, surmount, control, master, conquer, defeat, beat, trounce, thrash, rout, crush, vanquish, get the better of, triumph over, prevail over, win over or against, overwhelm, overpower, outdo, outclass...yeah!)
It's a word I have to hear in my head, and believe in my heart, over and over and over again.
HIS Word –
Take courage. You will not be alone. I will not abandon you. I understand what you're going through. *Stuff* happened to Me, too. But I won the victory. I overpowered the enemy. I conquered death.
He was crucified and died – BOO.
But He rose again – YAY!
And you know what?!
In that moment, the *other shoe* dropped on the devil!
He thought things were going great. He thought he had killed the Son of God. He thought he now ruled with all the authority on earth. He thought we belonged to him – finally.
Did his heart quake? Did his knees tremble? Did his snarly little sneer turn upside down? Did he look over his shoulder and see a stone tumbled away?
Did he hear the shoe drop?
In this life, there will always be shoes.
But we are not ruled by "Murphy's Law."
There is no randomness to our lives, no impersonal destiny, no out-of-control chaos.
We are kept in the hands of The Lawgiver Himself.
He brings victory out of defeat. He brings joy out of sorrow. He brings peace out of turmoil. He brings life out of death.
He wears the shoes – and when we are too tired to walk – He carries us.
(This was a repost – with some 2015 tweaking! Sorry, but it's been a "Murphy's Law" kind of week!! Hope you enjoyed…)
Hey, lookie here!
The other shoe dropped!!
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14, NIV)
"...[Therefore] let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us." (Hebrews 12:1, NLT)
"[For] we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28, ESV)
"So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up." (Galatians 6:5, NLT)
"You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf...Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out...and the LORD will be with you."
(2 Chronicles 20:17, ESV)
"...in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." (Romans 8:37, ESV)
"'Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.'" (Revelation 3:21, NLT)
"'I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.'
[My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]" (John 16:33, AMP)
Had any *shoes* dropping in your life lately?
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