Life starts out so uncomplicated. We are born into this world and need love and sustenance for our body and as we grow, we need sustenance for our soul. This continues all our lives as we learn and succeed and learn and fail and learn and receive discipline and learn and … the cycle ever increasing and then one day it all appears complicated.
It’s like the traffic stress I had felt earlier but it becomes life stress.
The love I need and what I get don’t match up, the failures sometimes appear more than the successes, the relationships I have with family/friends/work colleagues/strangers are sometimes messy and so complicated. I suddenly have to be careful with what I say and I have responsibilities but no time to make ends meet, to relax, to do all that I want to do. And the things that I do often don’t meet up to my dreams and desires. Why does life get so complicated?
Suddenly, life throws me a curveball and someone in my family is seriously ill and there is nothing I can do or say to make it any better. My life and their life are totally in God’s hands and things in my life, including the complicated relationships, get put into perspective. Life here on earth is only for a short while and I’m just passing through to my destination, Heaven.
God loves us and wants to have a personal relationship with us and to (as He says), Love others as I have loved you is the most important thing after loving God. Forget the griping, forget that someone doesn’t like someone else and they hurt me and just love them back, regardless. Forgive them, move on. Jesus was hurt by people (all people) on the cross. He chose to take all the flack for us – out of love.
As Easter approaches, remember that it is all about His love for us. We make life complicated. Maybe for lent we can give up holding grudges and be true Christians together always loving each other as the old song goes, ‘They will know we are Christians by our love.’
May these jottings from my journal inspire you to believe in and fall in love with Christ- the hope of the world, as stated in Jeremiah 17:7, ‘Blessed is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord!’