Laughing made easier at the notion that “This Too Shall Pass”
While on a semi impromptu vacation a phrase that I have heard several times in the bible and other prolific reading hit home for me. I wake up most mornings remembering to smile ever so gently to say good morning to the world and to show how grateful I am for yet another day. I read a book that I have had in my possession for a while. “The greatest salesman in the world”. The title to some may be miss leading, it was for me until I really began to absorb the meaning of his words. We all are salesman of sorts.
There are so many powerful phrases in the book, uplifting and motivating alike; but one phrase that made me stop to remember how important it is to reflect on the days gone by and in hard times to remember “This Too Shall Pass”. The author made me remember that laughing is made easier at the notion that “This Too Shall Pass”.
Chapter 14 The Scroll Marked VIII is titled I will laugh at the world. It’s a must read.
Here are a few notes that made me smile just thinking about how my world would change if I will only learn laugh at it.
I will smile and my digestion will improve; I will chuckle and my burdens will be lightened; I will laugh and my life will be lengthened for this is the great secret of long life and now it is mine. I will laugh at the world.
To my Children I say laugh! This that you are feeling right here, right now….. It will surely pass!
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I thought of this particular topic because of a conversation I had with a friend. H shared with me that at one point and time in his life, he was so mentally stressed and depressed that he did not see the point in continuing to live. His personal struggles left him with the belief that life just wasn’t worth it. This is exactly what Satan would have us to believe. If he can succeed in bringing us down and giving up any and all hope, he obtains victory in destroying all that brings us joy. My friend though, who shared this story is still very much alive and also a Christian. Yes, even Christians can become weaken and distraught behind certain situations in life. This is because through our broken spirits, we allow ourselves to become deeply caught up in the deceitful snares of Satan. You see, Satan’s primary function is to cause this undesired havoc that brings about disbelief, uncertainty, doubt, fear and depression in our lives. What we need to remember is that none of these qualities are of God. He desires us to have all faith and hope in Him. Satan’s attempted plans for our lives are not God’s plan for our lives. We are told in John 16:33 by Jesus, “These things I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” So even though we are told that there will be tribulations in life, James 1:2-3 tells us to, “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (KJV). Remember that God is always in control.
Satan hates not just our joy but he hates man period, (WHY); He hates us with a passion because when God created us He gave us free will to choose between those things which are right and wrong. What I believe to be the most important reason that Satan hates us so is because of the agape love that God has for each of us. Satan can’t stand that fact and if he could destroy all of us today, he would do just that. Satan is fully aware of the goodness of God and His wonderful plans set in place for those who genuinely receive Him. So God’s love toward us causes Satan to work exceedingly hard to alter or interfere in any happiness we have and he does so by any means necessary. It is always good to remember that Satan’s goal is to destroy us by turning us as far away from God as possible. You see, all the doubts or feelings of uncertainty create the questions of our self unworthy. Many people have committed suicide behind those very feelings. Oh what joy that must bring Satan when he succeeds in breaking us completely. Praise God though that it is not and does not have to be that way. Hebrews 12:2 tells us to, “look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
I can’t express enough that when going through personal storms in life the importance of drawing closer to God and staying in prayer. I mean we should stay in constant prayer even when things are great in life. It is always important too, to exalt God for all that He has done and is doing in our lives. Satan is forever lurking behind the scenes and waiting to strike at any moment. He takes and uses our weak moments in life and he makes us weaker if we allow it. Trust in God and believe what His word has said. Nothing we do in life is done in vain. No matter how weak or weary we may become, wait on God. Isaiah 40:31 it says, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Remembering that Satan uses any means necessary to achieve his goal. In other words, he uses family, friends, jobs, and situations no matter how big or small that he feels may break you. A great deal of the time these situations generally catch us off guard because they are usually unexpected. Here’s a minor example of a situation I was recently faced with. I routinely went to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription. Once I gave my name to pick it up the pharmacist rung up a 100 plus dollar amount. I confusing looked and asked what was I being charged for because my insurance pays all the cost of my medicine. Well you can guess that my blood pressure for just a quick minute went straight through the roof. I said a quick little prayer as I regrouped and after a few minutes of going back and forth the head pharmacist in back checked and saw that my insurance no longer dealt with that particular distribution company for this medicine. As he continued to look though, he found another distributor that was covered under my insurance and I was able to get my prescription at no cost and go on my way.
See how quickly you can go from a rather wonderful day to something totally unexpected and insane in just in a matter of minutes. Satan thought he had me. He tried to steal my joy that day just that fast. So be very cautious of how he attacks and begin to praise and thank God for having everything all under His control.
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