The Rug

I do not understand God. Most of the time, I have no idea what He is doing. I only know that He is doing. That something is up. God has brought me through some of the most difficult times I had hoped I would never experience. But I did experience them and I survived.

I do not understand God. Most of the time, I have no idea what He is doing. I only know that He is doing. That something is up. God has brought me through some of the most difficult times I had hoped I would never experience. But I did experience them and I survived.
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If life hasn’t thrown you any curve balls, you really haven’t lived very long. In fact, I don’t tr-main-adknow anyone that hasn’t had the rug yanked out from under them multiple times in recent weeks. Even the wealthy and privileged suffer the bad days and the misunderstandings. Some things are inevitable.  And, no one to reprehend or punish. We try many times to point the blame, but we often have no real answer or or someone to fault. We have this need to charge someone for everything that goes foul in our perfectly imperfect existence. It’s the reason we have so many lawsuits. People cannot accept that life happens. A lot! So, how do we survive? Can we just weather the storm and move on? Prepped a little for the next one?

Having “the rug pulled out from under” us is never planned. It’s never expected. We work to try to be prepared our entire time among the living. And, sometimes, we succeed. But we do that planning because most of the time we are caught off guard. Most of the time we fail in being ready.

“That’s life,” as Mister Sinatra pointed out to us. And it’s not going to change. What’s important isn’t whether or not you manage to get through this world without these hiccups, but what you do with them when they do show up. I don’t lessen the impact of anything, either. These bumps in the road can range from pea gravel to out and out walls that are impossible to scale. The kind we have to go around. “Sometime we climb the mountain and sometimes we drive the extra ten hours on the Interstate to get around it.” That’s life.

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So, how should we respond? Well, that is up to you. I personally have had the rug yanked out from under me so much lately that I get nervous every time I step on it. But, how have I responded? I’d love to say that I have been a saint and done just perfect. That I never raised my voice in anger or question. That I never wept or yelled in outrage. But I did. I did respond the wrong way. But I am learning to respond the right way.

I do not understand God. Most of the time, I have no idea what He is doing. I only know cbd_tallthat He is doing. That something is up. God has brought me through some of the most difficult times I had hoped I would never experience. But I did experience them and I survived.

I recall once I had a rather severe bout with strep throat. But, unlike the many other times I had experienced it, the infection had lodged itself within the walls of my throat. So well concealed that the effects were there, but the culture didn’t show it. The bacteria continued to fester and I found myself having to sleep in an upright position because the swelling in my throat was literally suffocating me as I slept prone.

I went to the ER and the doctor told me he would have to lance my throat (from the inside) and drain it, otherwise the swelling would continue and cut my breathing off altogether. I was scared beyond belief. I got through it, scalpel down my throat and the suction thingy sucking out all the yuck, because I drew as near God as I could during the procedure. I swear I heard Him speak that day, “I am here.”

Sometimes the trial we are going through began 5 minutes ago. Sometimes, it began to fester days, weeks or months ago. It doesn’t matter when it began, it only matters Who is there with you as you go through it.

Though we may never hear the audible voice of God saying something like, “I am here,” He is saying that. Sometimes in the middle of the worst circumstances you can imagine, a simple decision to listen for His still small voice is what you need most. And, don’t be surprised if that manifests as uncontrollable laughter.

Winston Churchill said something once that has been quoted a million times. I will be a million and one. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” The rug will get yanked. It will be suddenly. It will happen. There is no “if” on this one. Decided now, for the next one, “God is faithful. I will get through this.”

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Author: Matt Davenport

I love to write. I write books, blogs, articles. Mostly about God and His amazing blessings. Sometimes about other things. But mostly about God. I have a fixation on comma. Please forgive me if you see too many of them.

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