*This was written last May when my family was going through some hardships. We have since recovered with the help of God's grace. I still feel though that the message I was taught throught the lesson still needs to be repeated.
"This too, will come to pass....."
Mark Lowry, a Christian entertainer, says this is his favorite phrase in the Bible. He states: You young men out there with a head full of gorgeous hair, look at your fathers that are bald,...this too, will come to pass. You young mothers who are pregnant in your eighth month with your first child; this too, will come to pass - like a watermelon through a garden hose, it will eventually pass!
We are, as a nation, coming off a tremendous economic growth period that has seen employment at its lowest point in thirty years. The New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ have risen to unheard of levels in their history. We had the most scandalous presidency in our history, and our economy still blossomed. Everybody and their uncle were working. These were truly great times. This too, will come to pass.
The boom seems to be coming to a close now. California is in an energy crunch, which is starting to affect other states. A once steady and rising stock market is starting to resemble a rollercoaster ride. Big companies are starting to lay off people, or are forcing early retirement to its veterans. Alan Greenspan, the president of the U.S. Central Bank, has cut interest rates to try to keep the economic machine rolling, but it's clear we are in for some rough times ahead. However, this too, will come to pass.
In the statement, "this too, will come to pass" lies both fear and hope. When a storm lies ahead of us, we know that it won't last long. If we prepare ourselves for it, we can keep the devastion down and liveable. There's hope in knowing that the storm won't last.
Switching gears and talking about more personal matters, the phrase above has taken on a deeper, more meaningful tone with my family in the past few days.
Writing this article is hard, because even though it's from the heart, as most of my articles are, I'm dealing with the authenticity of showing the world my heart wide open, as it were. Therein lies the dilemma. How much do I want to reveal?
Some of the financial plans that we, Judy and I, have counted on, have not yet blossomed. The horizon that we are facing looks bleak at the moment, but the Lord has given us hope to cling to. This came about after praying the usual "Lord, I need a million bucks!" only to realize that our Lord is not a cosmic sugar daddy. This is where I receive, "trust me." So taking these first jittery steps of faith, and talking to our pastor yesterday on some unrelated matters, he sensed that something was wrong. I told him about the financial problems that Judy and I are facing. He was able to give us some names of people who could help us in this hour of need. We are planning to talk to these folks this week.
I'm not writing this for a hand out, or to play the heart strings of many a caring soul out there, who have become friends to Judy and me. To do that would be highly unethical, and abusive to this format. There's a lesson to be learned, though; a lesson for all of us. The lesson is that nothing stays the same; everything changes. Don't store up corruptible items and rest on them, because what is stable today, will be jostled tomorrow. The only anchor we have in this windblown life of ours is Christ.
The writers of the Old Testament were truly wise in the statement, "come to pass"; it shows hope for a troubled people, and shows that we need to stay guarded in the good times as well.
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By now your troubles would have passed. I'm now reading this for the first time. Your faith will take you through your tough times and bring you out rejooicing. You are probably saying at this time "This too has passed". Thanks for sharing.