Saturday, January 10, 2015

Upside Down

Do you ever feel like your life has been turned upside down?  This picture appears to show a building that has been plucked up from the earth and turned upside down, balancing on its roof.  Palm trees hang upside down in the displaced soil like hanging baskets from a ceiling.  This is definitely not a condition you would choose for your home -- or your life!

If you've ever been to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you may have seen this eye-catching oddity and you know it's really the Ripley's Believe it Or Not Museum.  While it's not likely a building would remain in one piece after such an upheaval, it seems that people are expected to survive upside down events in their lives that would destroy a building.

Have you experienced an upside down event in your life?  Perhaps you are even now going through some pretty earth-shaking experiences and you find yourself crumbling a bit around the edges.  If you're a Christian, you have a much better chance of surviving an upheaval -- and even thriving afterward -- when you turn to the Savior for help, guidance, comfort and wisdom to get through it all.

The Lord promises us, "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world" Matthew 28:20.  If your life has turned upside down like the building in the picture, you might feel like it is the end of the world -- at least in your little corner of it.  Let's face it, we don't know whether our next step might be into thin air and we go tumbling off a cliff.  That's life in this sinful world in which we live.  We don't even know what's going to happen one minute from this moment.  But, praise God, He knows it all and He's made that awesome promise to be with us, and in us, and all around us "even unto the end of the world." 

Although upside down events are still likely to happen from time to time in this world, knowing He is in control takes the sting out and helps us stay centered.  Praise God for His faithfulness and His great loving ability to pick up those crumbling pieces and put them back together again.

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