The Twilight Zone

I grew up in almost an innocent world years ago. The odd time after my parents finally got a black tv I watched a show called The Twilight Zone. Some hapless victim always stumbled into some misadventure and ended trapped in a stressful situation. Nothing usually made sense,the rules of time suspended,and it was clear once you got into this strange situation you did your best to get out of it. The bible is full of people who had difficult traumatic situations. They needed escape. (Ei-Daniel facing hungry lions). The need to be delivered from a traumatic life experience is something I know about over my life. The people of Israel were in harsh, brutal circumstances while in Egypt. They could not escape Egyptian bondage until God opened up a supernatural way through the Red Sea. Is your life in limbo because you are struck with illness, divorce, betrayal, death of a family member, spouse or friend. The Twilight Zone dwellers have lives filled with can’ts. This is an almost overwhelming feeling to have daily. These ‘cant’s form internet groups just to share with others their cant’s. That’s a train wreck waiting to happen unless someone says, “there is a way out of this situation, His Name is Jesus.” He grips my life daily and gives me hope midst my dear wife’s chronic illness. We are not victims of trauma, we are over-comers in the Person of Jesus Christ. The scripture says, Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you, the righteous shall not be moved.( Psalm 55:22). You can find strength for your journey and a promise of deliverance in the power of the cross, burial, and resurrection of Christ. You are not in the Twilight Zone dear friend, but in His hands of Almighty God preparing for your personal Exodus.

Lord, I don’t understand!

When my wife Linda was diagnosed with severely degenerating disc disease in her neck and spine life changed for us overnight. If you had the same thing happen with the onset of chronic illness you will know what I mean. The natural mind thought, Father, We have been pastoring churches for over 40 years, sought to be obedient to your Word so we don’t understand why this happened. Have we sinned against you? In searching our minds and hearts it became clear we could become angry at the Lord for bringing this illness upon us, or press into the Lord, “Come near to the Lord, and He will come near to you(James 4:8) Now life is daily transformed by His Presence.

Astronaut Scott Kelly spent a year in o-gravity at the ISS.

I am reading Scott’s record of his journey entitled, Endurance. He had previously spent 6 months at the ISS and come home with health issues. Waving good buy to his wife and children as he entered the Soyuz rocket was heart wrenching to me because nobody knew if this year in space would kill him. How tough is your own journey as you start 2018? The Christian has the weapons and power of God’s Word, The Holy Spirit to provide strength for our journey. Put your trust this year in Jesus.