We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
I slowly walked to the edge, paused, and…”. Well, it was a long time ago but most of the picture remains intact. I was about nine years old, and our church Sunday School decided to have a picnic. We loaded up on a bus or two and drove to the lake. It was a natural freshwater lake with a beach and a dock. And speaking of docks…this was a big one. It left the shore and went out about a mile…well, it seemed like a mile…remember I was only nine. In fact, it probably went out about fifty yards or so. Then it made a 90 degree right turn and went on for another fifty yards. By any standard it was a long dock.
However, it was what was at the end of the dock that caused me to pause. There, built into the dock was the “Tower of Terror.” Now for those of you who are familiar with Disney World you know that is the name for one of their attractions. You are taken inside a building and end up in the dark (mostly) and then without warning…the floor gives way and you are falling for what seems like forever. Now all this is speculation and hearsay for me because trust me I would never, will never find out personally. No. Not. Nada. But that day when I was nine, I faced my own “Tower of Terror.”
The tower at the lake that day was probably thirty or forty feet in the air. You climbed a ladder attached to the tower and at the top was a good-sized platform. This was where you could stand, look, and gather courage to walk to the edge and jump off. Well, pushed by peer pressure and goaded by friends, I somehow found myself on the top and they were all saying one thing, “Jump!” Trust me, the last thing that I wanted to do was jump off that perfectly good tower. I walked slowly to the edge and looked down. The water seemed to be a zillion yards below me. There were only two options. First, take the plunge or two, go back down the ladder. With my heart pounding, with my peers all telling me to jump, I….
I honestly don’t remember what I did. I don’t know if I finally overcame my fear, swallowed my pride and jumped or swallowed my pride and slowly, with great humiliation, went back down the ladder. Either one at the time felt unbearable and I know one thing even today…fear can paralyze you and fear can cause you to make some pretty crazy decisions. Most of us personally know the truth in those words.
Well, today we find ourselves at the edge of another kind of platform…and for some, it might look like a “tower of terror.” We are days and hours away from New Year’s Eve and honestly it can seem quite frightening…especially these days and with these circumstances. Considering all this, what should we do? What can we do? Well, it seems logical to me that when I face something bigger than me, I need to find something or Someone bigger than the mountain, the obstacle that I am facing. For me, hands down, that is God.
There are two truths that I have found in God’s Word that really help me. Maybe it will help you too. First, is the sovereignty of God. That simply means that God is in charge. I love the scripture that reminds me that every day is made by God…He is the owner and therefore the planner. It also means that He is in control…He.Is.In.Control. There is something peaceful in knowing that God is and if He is…well, worry shouldn’t rule us. But it gets better.
Not only does He make every day, but He also makes us an incredible promise. If you are a Bible person you probably know this one. In the book of Romans, Chapter 8, it says, “All things work together for the good of those who love God and who are called according to His purpose.” Wow. While that doesn’t mean that everything is good…we know that…it does mean that God can bring good from every circumstance. What that also means is we have a promise from God that no matter how wonky 2023 may be, He can and will bring something good from it. Now the truth of that should certainly bring some inner peace into the chaos of our lives.
So, the bottom line is, “Happy New Year!” The God who makes the day makes the year and the God who makes the year manages the outcome. Hey, sprinkling a little truth into a murky future can change a lot of things. Now all of that isn’t a promise of easy but it is a promise of His faithfulness and that no matter what, “He’s got this.” Bro. Dewayne