“How are you doing?” I asked. “Oh, up and down.” he said. “Yep, that’s life.” I said. Later that day, as I shuffled between two hospitals, I realized just how true that statement was. I rode the elevator up in one hospital to pray for a quick delivery for a woman in labor. I rode the elevator down to go to the emergency room in another hospital to pray for a quick recovery for a man who had had an accident. Moving between the two was like being on a roller coaster ride. One minute, I was riding high, waiting for a baby to be born. The next, I was riding low, waiting for MRI results. And I thought about how much of life is lived in spurts – in ups and downs – in celebration and distress.
You can tolerate roller coasters for brief periods of time, but, after a while, you have to get off and walk around on solid ground again; catch your breath, and regain your balance. It’s that steady, middle of the road, every day routine that keeps us sane. And, it’s knowing that sooner or later things will return to “normal” that helps us endure the ride.
I love the imagery in the Bible of God as a rock; a firm foundation; that steady, solid ground on which I can stand when I need to get off the roller coaster of life and get my bearings. On those days when I am careening through life, screaming at the top of my lungs with my hands in the air, it helps to know that God is always there; a never-changing presence that I can depend on to keep me centered.
Whether it is a high or a low, a celebration or a distress; in all the ups and downs of life, remember that God is with us through it all, loving us, holding our hands, speaking an encouraging word, and keeping our feet on solid ground.
May the image of God as our rock and our salvation bring you comfort in all your ups and downs!
Blessings, Pastor Barb <><
…and He set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm. Psalms 40:2b