Monday, February 6, 2012

New Times, New Mercies

Yours truly was recently enrolled in Drivers Ed. (For obvious reasons.) Aside from simply learning about driving and what to do in such-and-such a scenario, I've learned a lot about human nature and life-in-general.

One day my class was scheduled to begin watching movies about drunk driving. *shiver*

 The first was dramatized by volunteers from the Highschool in my town. It started out "normally", as you would suspect - teens in a classroom, negotiating with the teacher for a "do-over" of a failed test. When it ended, one of those teens were dead, one sentenced to 24 years in prison and two others severly injured.

It struck me how truly insecure life is. For them, it was changed in seconds - for us, it can be too.

After class, scenes from that movie played themselves over and over in my mind. As you can imagine, they tormented me and filled me with the horrible dread - dreams on the same subject visited me the following night. The next morning I struggled with a heaviness worse than what was before.

 Somehow though, through the fear that I felt, I knew that God had His eye on me and He had everything under control.

I think this is something that we can apply to all of our futures if we're God's children.

New years come and grow old. New circumstances rise, then are defeated. There are valleys, and mountaintops. Some wonder what will happen next, they fear the future, they want to know what's ahead - I was one of those people.

I'm learning to lean on Jesus and cast my burdens unto Him. He's strong - He can carry them. He's Trustworthy - I can trust Him. He's wise - I know He'll work it out for good. Nothing can happen to me without Him knowing about it.

I've realized that even though "bad" things may happen to me they will work out alright in the end - "All things work together for good to those who love God; To those who are called according to His Purpose." I rest secure, in the midst of a shifting world.

You can too.

Psalm 32
1Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
4For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
5I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
6For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
7Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
8I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
9Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
10Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
11Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.


Bailey said...

These were my exact same feelings during drivers' ed. I hated the documentaries, especially on drunk driving. I came away sick and shattered. I saw things I didn't want to see, knew things I didn't want know. I hugged my family and friends tighter -- anything could happen to anyone.

It surprises me that so many things could go wrong -- and they don't. And even when they do, there is still mercy and joy and healing.

I love God.

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