You took the scenic route to work today. For some reason you were so aware of all that was right and beautiful in the world. Life is good at home. The job is less stressful. You even have some promising opportunities in front of you.
You are living the dream. Well, at least you're ahead of where your youth-filled dreams had placed you.
You walk into your place of employment and friendly faces greet you. Someone even brought Krispy Kreme doughnuts in for the morning meeting. Eight seconds in the microwave and you are somewhere between donut heaven and carbohydrate hell.
The meeting begins and it is business as usual, or at least you thought it would be. Without warning, your boss stops the meeting and he looks down at the conference table and says, "They're shutting us down." The room falls silent. He stutters as he says, "They said that they will be able to relocate some of us. I'm sorry." He gets up and walks out.
Have you ever been there? Living the dream and then the carpet gets yanked right out from under your feet? It might have been a relationship that took you to the highest heights, only to slam you down in a canyon of questions about self-worth. Could it have been when that child you have given your life to looked you in the eye and said, "It's my life?"
Was it that day you checked your stock portfolio and found out your net worth had shrunk by 50 percent in a day?
Life definitely has its ups and downs. We all know that. If we are all educated in that simple fact, then why can one action send us tumbling? Maybe it's not the action that sent us to the floor. Maybe it's the foundation. We fall back clawing for stability. We hope to grab something that will keep us from hitting the floor.
When we face these trials of life, we fall not because we are incapable of standing. We fall because of what we are standing on, or believing in. Our footing is often times not very secure.
David said, "My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." Psalms 62:1-2.
David is the guy who was given the keys to the kingdom as a youth. He is also the one who was not given the kingdom until his character was tested in the caverns of adversity. David tells us that his rest, salvation, source of strength, and his hiding place were all found in God. God was his security and source. We can learn a lot from a shepherd.
Gordon Mularski is the senior pastor of Treasure Coast Community Church in Jensen Beach.
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