Today, after a stressful morning, I went outside and laid down in the grass. It was such a wonderful noon; the sky was cloudy, so the sun wasn’t hurting my eyes. I could look up at the clouds. There was a cool breeze sweeping through. Off in the distance, I could hear dogs barking and birds chirping. It was just this magical scene, and it was so relaxing. Then I thought, I wonder how much longer I have to enjoy this? When I got the text from my brother that I was needed inside, I was almost mad. I did not want to be disturbed!
Many are guilty of telling others about a fairytale version of Jesus. When I was a kid, I’d hear in church about how when you come to Christ, things are easier. Your life is easy. It was almost like promoting the newest diet fad. “If you drink this shake, your waist will shrink.” Really? “If you come to Jesus, your life is easy.” God never said that. So why is it that we continue to paint on this face when things aren’t going so easy? In fact, Jesus even tells us in Matthew 10:22 that the world will hate us. “And all nations will hate you because you are my followers.” But then comes one of many beautiful promises made to Christians. The verse goes on to say, “But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.” Jesus is telling us that our lives won’t be easy, and that there are people who will hate you. Have you ever thought about how strong that word is? And Jesus is telling us about it. But if we can endure until the very end, we will be spared.
Hebrews 13:5 is the ultimate heart of God’s promise. Above all else, when we begin to doubt or when things get hard, we’re reminded by God that He’s there. He says, “I will NEVER leave you, nor will I forsake you.” God will never, never, never leave us. That was His promise.
While I was laying outside, knowing that it would eventually end, I thought about the calms in our life’s storm. When things are going well, we tend to place God in the backseat. When things go bad, we try to put Him right up front. Not that He isn’t there when we really need Him, but when did we start thinking that we only needed Him when danger was near? If you’ve ever looked at a newborn baby and noticed how tiny and fragile it is, that’s how we are to God. Only we’re much, much more fragile. We were made from dust, and our bodies will return to dust. We are so, so fragile and so easily broken. We need God every second of every day. If He didn’t have a hand on each of us, whether we believed or not, how would we ever even breathe?
Something beautiful happens when you have God in your life. It’s not that things get easier. Problems don’t go away. But when God is in your life when the storm hits, the calms are so much calmer, the winds feel like breezes, showers feel like sprinkles, and you know that God is helping you to carry that burden. And when you’re helpless, in those situations where you’re completely powerless, God carries it all for you. And He does it out of love.
Even if you’ve heard these fairy tales about an easy and happy life, it’s important to know that it’s okay to think of God in that light. Jesus said to come like a child, with the heart of a child. Remember on Christmas morning, when you were young and believed in Santa Clause? Or when you lost a tooth and put it under your pillow BELIEVING and KNOWING that the tooth fairy would come before morning? Jesus said to come as a child, as one who runs to the tree on Christmas morning knowing that Santa has come. Are you running to Jesus, knowing and believing that he is coming back? Believe in Jesus with the same heart you believed in Santa Clause with. Ask God to restore your childlike heart. And then trust in Him and the promises He made. He will lead you to a cloudy, breezy day beyond anything earth can imagine.