When Life Happens – This I recall to my mind…

When Life Happens 11.2.15 – This I recall to my mind…

Have you ever had your circumstances change so fast that you got whiplash?

That happened to me this morning!

I don’t know about you, but I had a pretty solid weekend. For one, our church did our 2nd Annual #dbcTrunkOrTreat and it went amazing! Then Sunday we had 2 great church services! Then to top it all off, my favorite football team the Baltimore Ravens were able to bring home a win after losing several games in a row. Then life happened.

Yes, preachers get plenty of opportunities to practice what we preach!

This morning my car would not start. I was heading to meet a friend at the gym at 5:30am, which was hard enough to get up for, and then my car would not start! Surprise!! I had an opportunity to apply my message from Sunday. (Real funny God! I see what you did there.)

Sunday we kicked off our #dbcAtTheMovies series and week 1 was through the lens of some characters from the movie Shawshank Redemption. One of the biggest points that I tried to bring home was, we cannot allow our circumstances to take away the hope that we have! People, problems and our circumstances cannot be credited with giving us real hope, so they don’t have the right to take it away.

So there I was sitting in a cold car, texting my friend about being late and a little bit frustrated, but then as He often does, God reminded me how my day actually started. It did not start with a jacked up car. It did not start with a late start at the gym. My morning started when God woke me up!

“This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23

God woke me up! My car is jacked up, and we are still not sure what is wrong with it, but the source of my hope was not rattled, so why should I be? The Lord did not fail me, my car did. God’s mercies were made new with the sunrise, and His faithfulness remained intact even though my day did not go as I had planned.

So I found our old truck, jumped in that bad boy and went and worked out. Then I headed off to run some errands. Then I called the warranty company and car dealership (NO HELP), and I still don’t know what’s wrong with my car. But my hope is in something that is way bigger than my circumstances! My hope is in something that won’t disappoint!

So in Shawshank Redemption after spending a month isolated, the main character Andy seemed to be in good spirits. Then he told his friends why.

“There's something inside that they can't get to... that they can't touch. Hope!” - Andy Dufresne - Shawshank Redemption

This morning I had to choose to hold onto something bigger than my broken car. I chose, by the grace of God, to keep my hope in the one that made the sun rise... in the one that woke me up! Jesus.

I don’t know how your day/week started friend, but I pray as you journey throughout the week that you are reminded that there is one thing that you can hold onto regardless of what you may face! Hope. And real hope is only found in one place.

God woke you up! Don’t take today for granted. Even if your circumstances are less than ideal, don’t focus on what went wrong. Focus on what is right! And don’t forget to say thank you.

-jimmy akers

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