A story has been told about a woman who lost everything in hurricane Katrina. She was staying in a shelter and the one rule of the shelter was that no food could be brought in. There were people who checked everyone who came in to make sure that no food was brought in. This lady forgot about a pack of Skittles that happened to be in her jacket pocket. After holding it together emotionally through losing everything in the storm when they tried to take her Skittles away the lady lost it.
Isn’t it interesting that many times we can “keep it together” during the big problems in life, but we seem to always “lose it” in the small stuff? For situations like this we have familiar sayings such as “the straw the broke the camel’s back” or “one cupcake over the line.” They and other phrases mean the same thing, this has pushed me too far. Like many in the country my family and I have been facing some pretty intense trials. It all came to a point here recently and I wanted to lose my mind. It got to the point I had to simply laugh to keep from crying. In desperation and frustration I just poured my heart out to God and I told Him exactly what was on my heart and my mind. It was when I finally got quiet that God reminded me of two verses (both of which I have preached at various points in time). The first was Psalm 46:10a, “Be still and know that I am God.” That one gets me every time. I know He is God and I know that He has a plan, but the being still sometimes gets a little hard. The other verse was Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Look at that, don’t be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap. Oh wait, that’s not all of that verse is it? The verse conclude “if we faint not.” God promised us that we would have trials in life (John 16:33), but what He didn’t say is how long they would last.
So how do we make sure we can survive not only the storms of life, but also losing our bag of Skittles? I think that answer is found in two verses and part of another verse. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” We must remember that God loves us and according to Hebrew 4:15 He understands what we are going through. The second verse is Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” This is another one of God’s great promises, that we will have renewed strength and we won’t be weary or faint, but to have this happen we must “wait upon the Lord.” That means even when things are getting difficult and it seems like our boat is taking on water, we must trust that God is God in the sunshine as well as in the storm. We must simply trust Him with the outcome, after all He saw the storm coming and had already prepared for it long before we ever knew it was coming. Finally a simple reminder from Genesis 18:25, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” It may not seem as though God is working things out for His glory and our good at times, but He is. One final piece of advice from someone who sometimes himself forgets this, don’t wait until your load is so heavy you are being crushed under it to give it over to God. As it comes cast it upon Him, wait for Him to work it out, and while you are waiting simply worship Him!
By His grace and through His strength may we live for Him