When the dust settles and it’s all gone!

Posted: April 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

Have you ever lost something? Your keys, phone, wallet, purse, money? I for one have lost all of these things….well, maybe not a purse, but if I used a purse, I bet I would lose it.  Losing is a part of life.  What about sports? If you play sports you have lost. I have played sports all my life and I did not like losing.  I’m 31 years old and can’t play a pick up game of basketball in the driveway with teenagers and lose without getting slightly upset.  That is a true story.  I just don’t like to lose.  I bet you don’t like to lose either.  Do you want to lose your keys, wallet, money or a game? If your like me the answer is NO! Losing Stings.

What about real life situations when you lose someone or something you have worked so hard to build that when the time comes it all blows up and when the dust settles, that person or that thing is gone. I found myself recently looking back over some things that I worked hard on to build up only to look back over the last month or so and see it all destroyed, gone, no more.  It was kind of a hard hitting reality that life isn’t fair, it’s harsh and it’s cruel.  It is almost like the things you work so hard for can be shattered in a matter of minutes and not remembered anymore.  Something bigger and better always comes along and we are left holding the ashes of what once was.  Maybe it’s a person.  Maybe you had to let go of someone in your life and even though it hurt to do this you knew it was better in the long run.  Maybe someone just passed away that you really loved and cared about and now your left feeling broken and all alone.

There are so many things in life that we can lose.  Some things are just frustrating like our keys or a stupid game, but there are things that hit us in the mouth like a Mike Tyson right hook!  We aren’t expecting these things and I don’t think we can ever be fully prepared for what life throws at us.  Losing is a real part of life, it’s something we have to accept, but do we have to let it rule us? As I was sitting here thinking about life and the fact that we lose things and lose people I was listening to Pandora radio.  I keep my Pandora playlist on shuffle so it shuffles through every station I have, and one song came on and I didn’t even realize what I was hearing until I slowed down and payed attention.  It Was Finished by Bryan and Katie Torwalt.  Check out these lyrics.

It was finished
On that day
Death was beaten
All darkness was slain
All His passion
Poured out like the rain upon the earth

Three days buried
They came to mourn
The stone was rolled away
The veil was torn
For He had risen
He is the King of all the earth

Hallelujah
He has conquered death
We cry holy
He reigns in all the earth
Hallelujah
He has conquered death
And He reigns

The room was shaken
The wind of God
Fire from heaven
Descended upon
The Holy Spirit
The power of God
For all the earth

Bridge:
Let the angels sing
Holy is our King

Here is what I am saying.  We lose, things happen in life that are out of control, but we serve a God that has sent His only Son into this dark and sinful world to save us.  He defeated death, he defeated sin and gives us new life in Him.  We don’t have to worry about life and things that happen to us because we have a Savior that is with us and that is for us.  So what, our accomplishments are tore down and ripped up but so was our Jesus. He was beaten, ripped up and crucified. He endured the cross and said it is finished.  His accomplishments will never be tore down, ripped up or spit on again! He is the King and He is with us!!! We trust in His work, not our own.

So, if you are truly experiencing loss of a friend or loved one what does this have to do with you? Your broken and alone. Maybe you feel like life isn’t worth living anymore.  This is what I can tell you.  IT IS FINISHED!! Jesus not only defeated sin and death, but he also experienced loss.  We see that Jesus shed tears when Lazarus had died.  He cared deeply about Lazarus and loved him.  Even though Jesus raised Lazarus he still experienced the emotions and how tough it is to lose.  Jesus is our comforter and our healer. He has been there, he knows, we can pour it all out to Him.  He is a lover of your soul, he wants you to talk to him, he wants you to call him daddy! Trust in his work on the cross, and trust who he is.  He is compassionate, kind, patient, joyful and full of peace.  Rest in who HE is. Cast your cares on Him because He cares for you! (1 Peter 5:7)

I hope today is a great one for all of you guys.

In Christ,

Steven

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