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actI am not in the circus. I do not know how to juggle. So why do I always feel like there are so many balls in the air? I have watched people juggle before and it’s a hard task. I sure don’t know how to do it. I can’t even juggle two balls, much less three or four. Sometimes the balls collide with the others and fall to the ground one by one. Sometimes it is perfection, each ball soaring through the air and to heights unexplainable, each one whizzing past the other in arcs of beauty. When God is in charge, the balls are seamlessly speeding through space, never coming in contact with another object until they all fall into a perfect heap into His hands before He makes His bow as the curtain closes. When I am in charge, I end up getting hit in the head by the hard stones as they fail to find their way on their path and just fall completely out of the sky in a confusing and jumbled mess. The curtain closes on me as I am still trying to pick up the pieces of my act, embarrassed and ashamed that I even tried.

Psalm 73:23-26 – Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

act5I am going to take this ONE DAY AT A TIME. I am being renewed day by day. I can’t be weighed down by past failures because that is what is keeping me in fear. Susan Brogan says all the time that Courage is Fear, one minute later. ONE MINUTE. I don’t have to make all these decisions today. The balls are in the air but God has them in the palm of His hand. I am acutely aware of my own insufficiency, so I will REJOICE for I do not do this alone. I am utterly dependent on my Savior to make these decisions for me.

act6I may be poor in spirit, but I know where my help comes from. I may have a lot of decisions on the horizon, but I know the right doors will be opened and the wrong ones shut. The curtain on this chapter is about to close and a new and exciting future is ahead. I won’t be picking balls up off the ground this time. Jesus will be standing beside me as we take our bows TOGETHER.

You can read Psalm 73-76 and bask in the beautiful poetic musical prayers of those long ago at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Psalm

To further your reading, consider this from:

2 Corinthians 6:4-10 – Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech, and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness and in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as imposters; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

My study Bible says this: “Paul realized that his current circumstances were not as important as what he did with them.” WOW! What are you doing with the circumstances and decisions on your horizon? Are you making lemonade out of the lemons in your life or are you just complaining about the bitterness?

Related Scriptures: 1 Thessolonians 1:5; Philippians 3:8; Ephesians 4:13