Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Best of times and Worst of times

Lately, I have found myself humming/singing two of my favorite worship songs, "Know You Jesus" and "To Carry to Glory." I believe those song titles are right. Coincidentally, they were both written by Harold Forbis (I believe anyway)...but that really isn't the point.

Life lately has been bitter sweet and as close to those extremes as they can be. I asked my best friend to marry me and she said yes...the feelings that followed are indescribable. My younger brother Ben graduated and got a job...a good job in this turbulent economy. I am happy for him and I am proud of him. I always tease him about being a vampire because he was always home during the day and no where to be found at night. But kudos to him for working hard and graduating from the MBA program. Also, Christmas is around the corner...not because of the gifts but the reminder that Jesus came and for one purpose only; To reconcile man with God. My relationship with Him (which needs to get better) isn't just a part of my life, it's all of it.

Now the bitter side of things, I won't go into a whole lot but some of you may already know what I am talking about. But all of it...good, bad, ugly remains meaningless if they don't all serve to carry the Glory of God, and out of knowing Jesus. I am learning that if you can't change your circumstance, you can still change your posture and your reactions because you continue to remain accountable for those things.

Habakkuk couldn't have put it any better in Chapter 3: 17-19

17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The LORD God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.

So while I'll continue to pray for certain circumstances to change or be different, I'll continue to sing Knowing you Jesus; there is no greater thing.


Joy said...

Such is life, the ups and the downs, but Jesus is there through it all. I am so happy for you and Amy. May God bless you both at this time, and may His goodness overshadow all else.

Ugo said...

Thanks Joy! It's going to be one heck of a journey and certainly one I am looking forward to. And Amen to your kind prayer.