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Overwhelmed by Life

J esus gave the disciples a glimpse into the future and they were overwhelmed. Namely because it didn’t square with their view of the universe.

“Jesus and the disciples came to Galilee. Jesus [said]: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill Him, and on the third day, He will be resurrected, vindicated, newly alive. The disciples were filled with grief” (Matthew 17:22-23, The Voice).

Things don’t always go our way. The future will not treat you well if you have a rigid view of how life is supposed to unfold. When Jesus invites us to follow him, he means just that—follow him. “Get in” and hold on tight!

Sometimes reality is a huge disappointment and we don’t like it. There are floods, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, divorce and more! Elections don’t turn out as we would like. Our favorite sports team loses. And Mom gets cancer.

Yet, God is still in the picture. He is “in the room” when all of the crazy stuff happens and is still God.

What is there to like about living through a pandemic? Actually 190,000 people have not lived through it. No one is happy about the 2,000,000 acres that have burned in California this summer (2020). Translated—life on this planet is precarious and sometimes a pain! Yet, God still shows up and provides support.

“Even when [I’m overwhelmed and must] walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me” (Psalm 23:4, NLT).

If you like this, you may want to read, Lost in the Dark.

Rich DuBose writes from Northern California.
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About Rich DuBose

Rich DuBose

is director of Church Support Services for the Pacific Union Conference.

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