Up and Down, Round and Round

02 Aug

We recently acquired a “teeter-totter go-round thingy” (my technical name) for amusement and exercise. The ride has two seats on opposing ends of a slightly curved bar which allows for the riders to alternate going up and down (the teeter-totter effect). The riders can also spin around in a circle, even at great speeds depending on the leg strength of the person initiating the spinning. Instead of you imagining what this may look like, you can see for yourself from the video below:

As I watched our children enjoy themselves playing on this toy, I began to draw parallels to our grief journey. Several people have asked me recently how we are doing. My response has been “up and down”. Some days we feel “up” and some days we feel “down”. The “downs” don’t seem to be quite as low as they used to be and we can rebound ourselves back into the “up” position, mainly through meditating on God’s Word and encouraging each other with His promises. However, we still struggle with reconciling His promises of protection to our circumstances. But again, I am looking at situations through my human eyes and not through my spiritual lenses. Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief!

What about the “round and round” effect? At times, grief can leave you feeling like you are spinning out of control. You feel dizzy and nauseated. You want the ride to stop, but you have no control to stop it. If you stop holding on tightly and let go, you will fall and hurt yourself, possibly to great extent.

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (Heb 10:23)

Have your experienced these effects on your journey through tribulation?

In closing, a brother in Christ recently posted about “a glimpse of heaven” that he experienced. We recently had a similar experience in our backyard. As foreboding storm clouds rolled over us, an opening in the middle briefly appeared. Through the opening, sunlight reflected off the clouds creating a brilliant bright white glow that warmed out hearts. I was reminded that even though clouds from the storms of life might block our view of the Son, he is still here with us providing His guiding light.

Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. (Psa 27:9)

…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Heb 13:5b)




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2 responses to “Up and Down, Round and Round

  1. Cheryl

    August 2, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    I love the new toy! It looks like your beautiful family does too! What fun!

    I too feel dizzy at times from grief and trials. When I try and rely on my own wisdom and overthink situations I get overwhelmed and exhausted even more. When I turn my eyes upon Jesus and focus on verses like “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 God somehow gives me the strength I need to endure the situation one moment at a time.

    I get overwhelmed thinking too far ahead. God gives us enough grace for this moment, not for the whole day, week, month, year, lifetime. It it much easier to focus on little bits of time and focus on the present.

    Thanks for this post. I had not really thought of enduring trials as sometimes being dizzying, but it is so true.

    With Hope,

  2. creditaction

    August 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    This helped me: “I frankly confess that, for myself, even if it could be, I should not want “free-will” to be given me, nor anything to be left in my own hands to enable me to endeavour after salvation; not merely because in face of so many dangers, and adversities and assaults of devils, I could not stand my ground ; but because even were there no dangers. I should still be forced to labour with no guarantee of success.¦ But now that God has taken my salvation out of the control of my own will, and put it under the control of His, and promised to save me, not according to my working or running, but according to His own grace and mercy, I have the comfortable certainty that He is faithful and will not lie to me, and that He is also great and powerful, so that no devils or opposition can break Him or pluck me from Him. Furthermore, I have the comfortable certainty that I please God, not by reason of the merit of my works, but by reason of His merciful favour promised to me; so that, if I work too little, or badly, He does not impute it to me, but with fatherly compassion pardons me and makes me better. This is the glorying of all the saints in their God.” – Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will (Grand Rapids: Revell, 1957), 313-314.


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