The Bottom Line

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. (Ephesians 6:10, NIV)

I find myself wide awake in the middle of the night.  This sleeping in a recliner business is interesting.  It seems to be helping – but not with sleep.  My mind tends to wander off in strange directions when the house is steeped in the silence of nighttime. I wonder about the things that are happening to me, to us as a family.  

I have to admit to times when I do question God.  I wonder about the “why’s” and “how come’s” of all we have endured.  I realize that there is a bottom line for me.  It seems as God is calling me to something deeper than my current walk.  It is as if I feel Him saying to me, “Yes, you profess to follow me.  You talk about hope and trust when you write.”  

Then come the words.

“Do you trust me with YOU?”

I begin thinking of the many things that have happened to me.  The body that is seemingly wasting away.  The hours of atrial fibrillation.  The fear.  The exhaustion.  The muscle weakness.  Even having to sleep in a recliner.

I wonder to myself, “Do I trust Him?  Really trust Him?”

The answer comes.

“Yes.”

Does it make sense to trust when all is seemingly going wrong?  Is it rational?  

I suddenly realize why “faith” is faith.  

It doesn’t make sense.  It isn’t rational.  And yet … I close my eyes again and sit quietly before the Father’s throne of grace and mercy. I meditate on the wonder of it all.  How does He bring peace?  Joy?  Contentment?  

I realize that there is a bottom line.  This may not seem to have a lot to do with the verse I chose for today.  Yet – it has everything to do with it – wrapped up in the first word of the sentence.  “Finally.”

Finally, when all is said and done, any strength we have comes from Him.  

Do we choose to accept it?  

Trust it?  

Believe in it?

I meditate on the impossibility of it.  The improbability of it. And yet, I know He is with me.  He will lead me.  He will guide me.  

Has He not said it?  

Will He not do it?  

So, as the cliché says ‘At the end of the day,’ there is only one answer to accepting, trusting, and believing.  

I smile as I once again drift off to sleep.

Yes.

The answer is yes.

Father God, Thank you that there are absolutes in this life - there are bottom lines.  And, when all is said and do and done - The one in whom we can trust.  Amen and amen.

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