Cracking up

Do you ever feel like your life is full of hairline cracks? All the plans and tasks and forgotten projects and gathering shoes leave us out of breath. And what do we have to show for it?

I read a beautiful passage in 2 Corinthians 4 today:

5-6 Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.

7-12 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us.”

16-18 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”

Life is not going to get less complicated, but I can learn to take it less seriously. God is at work, offering help for my life, and He is good. All that goodness shines through my life that is cracking into pieces. So, I learn to laugh instead!

God, thank You for the beauty of Your word, rediscovered over and over. Please help me to lean on You, and remember that Your glory is shining through the splinters of my life, so I can take a deep breath, lean on You, and laugh! To You be the glory, Amen.

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