Last week was a really rough week. We have all been through them. They come without any notice and usually over welcome their stay.
As I sat in my office all by myself at 8:30 at night, I was reminded of the fact that this moment, this week, the grimy moments that no one sees, will one day disappear just as quickly as a sunset.
As Michael Gungor said in his podcast, everything and everyone is just mere vapor. That thought either depresses you or it frees you. (Quick note: I often listen to the Liturgists podcast(Vapor: A Meditation) when I’m stressed out and it reminds me of the hope that lies with eternity. Check it out here!)
“We can learn to appreciate and fully experience the moments that we have as the gifts that they are. Think about when you were young. Do you remember getting stressed out about the time when the kids wouldn’t give you a fair turn on the playground? How do you feel about that now? Do you laugh about it? Does it seem silly? So, what are you worried about today? Do you think it is any less silly than what you were worried about as a kid? What causes you stress? (Because) It is going to the dirt like everything else. Life on planet earth is a gift. Set your eyes not on things of the earth, not of the vapor… fully open your heart to both the gift and the Giver, the oneness who we call God, the one who brings meaning into the meaningless.”
Every emotion, every dollar spent, every moment of joy and sorrow, it is all just temporary. It will all pass away. We can so easily get caught up in the stress and the worries of today that we don’t take the time to notice our breath, the very miracle that allows us to be in a relationship with The Giver and Creator of life. That thought, in and of itself, allows my heartbeat to slow down amidst the stress, and notice the beauty of His Majesty in all things, good, bad, and ugly.
Oswald Chambers writes, “If you waste your time in overactivity, instead of being immersed in the great fundamental truths of God’s redemption, then you will snap when the stress and strain do come. But if this time of soaking before God is being spent getting rooted and grounded in Him, which may appear to be impractical, then you will remain true to Him whatever happens.”
The fact is we can become so busy, even in doing the right things, that we miss the beauty of God’s redemption, of His heartbeat that reminds us to just be still. It is such a simple verse, but I find it so profound.
It sits in my living room and says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
While we are mere vapor, God is eternal. While we are so stressed about deadlines, about prayers being answered, about college loans(all loans and debt for that matter) being paid, and the work getting done in time, God is in and outside of time reminding us that He isn’t worried about it. If God, the God who knows ALL isn’t worried, then why are we so worried?
Trust in the One who has your best interest at heart. That is where we have to fixate our eyes not on things of this earth, but in heaven above. It is liberating, and brings joy and peace no matter what chaos we find ourselves in.
I am so thankful to have found this truth amidst life’s unkind moments. What a miraculous gift to be in love with the Creator who is able to literally breathe life into dead bones. So, what are you worried about today? Can you let go and give it over to Him?