"Life’s short and we never have enough time for the hearts of those who travel the way with us. O, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind." Henri-Frederic Amiel - a Swiss Philosopher and Poet who lost both parents at an early age
You can’t stop gravity. It’s a fact. If you drop anything (apart from a helium balloon a bubble or a feather) it will fall to the ground. The only things that do not fall are those that are light enough to be unaffected by the relentless pull of gravity.
There are things that pull us down, there are things that help us to rise above it all. Recently, we had amazingly good news - a modern day miracle. But there have been other days when I haven’t wanted to be in charge, on the money, at the plough, on top of it all. I have just wanted the merry go round to stop. Paul, one of the pillars of the early church, a man who had an enormous capacity for doing the right thing at the right time had this to say -
"I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise." Romans 7:14-17, The Message
You can’t stop gravity. As sure as dry wood burns, as sure as an apple will never taste like chocolate cake, as sure as a snowman will melt in the sun. There are things that pull you down and things that help you to rise above it all. Here is my list of things that help when gravity has done its worst:
1. Grace God knows we are not super human and that we live in a complicated world. He doesn’t walk away.
2. Love Encouragement, friendship, forgiveness, kindness. Someone to wipe away your tears.
3. Hope Start again tomorrow. Wipe the slate clean, take a deep breath, pray and move on.
4. Peace It’s not all up to you or I. God never meant for the world to end up on our shoulders, give it back!
5. Understanding Most often, we just need someone to say it’s OK. We are not the answer to everything and it’s OK.
So may the peace of the Lord that passes all understanding, keep you – heart, mind, body, soul and spirit. May His love cause you to rise up to meet your new day. May the sun be on your back, a gentle voice at your shoulder, a safe path before you. May the mountains tumble, the storm abate, the seas calm at His word. May you find the beauty in the day, may you rest, may you shelter in His grace. May you not fall, but instead may you find the wind that makes the eagle soar.
"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:30-32, NIV
He believes in you.