This world is a conundrum.
The definition of conundrum is a situation where there is no clear right answer or no good solution. Synonyms of this word are as follows: necessity, headache, struggle, chore, a tall order, burden, the impossible, mare, task, the elephant in the room.
These words can describe what ministry is likened to. We rise each day to the unexpected difficulties of this world that come into the lives of those we serve and those we encounter along life's journey.
We don't always know the way or have ready answers nor are quick easy solutions at hand.
Yet, we find our way in the tragedies, in the chaos, and in the sorrows and pains when we enter into the sacred dwelling space where God resides and where a power higher and greater than our own lives.
This is the place I draw from, the source of all life who becomes life and who becomes my way in the midst of all I do not know or cannot know.
Jesus' life in me is my source of strength when I run dry. Jesus's life in me is my source of hope when the world closes in around me. Jesus is my source of light when darkness encroaches on my doorstep. Jesus is my ray of mercy when I want to scream and shout for all to be still. Jesus is my truth when lies and deception insist to raise thier ugly.
Jesus is my love when my reservoir empties.
Jesus is the One I come to again and again and again to receive all that I need to go about my days. Jesus is the living waters whose love never fails, whose love never wanes and whose love sustains even in the most dire of situations.
Jesus is the One whose power (grace) sustains in all life's mixture of raining the good and the bad. Jesus is the reality of the holy, divine supernatural being whose life enters mine in all I sense, feel and experience. Jesus has infused his divinity in the tattered frame of my humanness and offers this grace, this power, this life sustainability in all I encounter and in the heart aches of those I relate with and to - He remains present with presence.
There is no other One whose love holds me, whose power embraces me, whose mercy has shown faithfulness, steadiness and whose reality has become my truth, my way and my life.