Merry-Go-Round

From our oldie but goodie series!

2 Corinthians 4:7-10
“But we have this treasure in jars of
clay, to show that the surpassing power
belongs to God and not to us. We are
afflicted in every way, but not crushed;
perplexed, but not driven to despair;
persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down,
but not destroyed; always carrying in the
body the death of Jesus, so that the life of
Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”
ESV

The momentum looked like a turbine with enough energy to power a city. I saw an excited little boy run out with all his might to grab hold of the merry-go-round. He ran as fast as his frame would take him, trying to join up with the pile of spinning kids. Before I could reach the boy, the reality of his situation translated into his expression that he’d just grabbed hold of a spinning beast…and this beast threw him.
It feels like God puts us in this merry-go-round of life that seems it’s spinning out of control. We get excited about a job, an opportunity, or a relationship, and sometimes we get thrown harder than we could ever imagine. Some people end up letting the wounds of falling and hurt define their lives, never to rise above it. A person can decide to camp their heart in the village of blame, blaming God, people, and/or themselves. I guess you can do that, but I’ve never seen it actually help.
What I have seen work though, is the death and life of Jesus in my life and countless others. I have some pretty big wounds physically, spiritually, and emotionally from various bad merry-go-round ride decisions. God says that by Christ’s wounds, I’m healed (Isaiah 53). I may not see it on this earth, but it’s real in heaven. And that perspective gives me strength and joy. The death and life of Jesus can bring life to any situation when it’s accompanied by faith.

By Aaron F. Jeffers

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