Does life unfold in clustered feelings,
good things happening all at once;
then the bad things joined together,
coming at you unannounced?
Or, do life’s events come rolling at you
like a train on life’s rail lines,
good and bad things steaming at you
side by side most of the time?
Life’s events roll out without our input,
nor do life’s circumstances in us confide,
the only choice we have in the matter
is to react or let it slide.
You receive a hefty tax return,
the same day you learn a friend has died;
or you get a work promotion
and discover your best friend’s been spreading lies.
Other examples are all around us
but the point that’s being made
we don’t have periods of only good times
followed by bad things you’d rather trade.
If we’d stop and think a moment
we’d see that this is true
but we’re more concerned with the occurrence
than the sequence of the feelings that accrue.
What’s that say about us,
we can’t see past our nose?
We’re to busy going places
than to see what we should know?
Perhaps its merely grace,
God mixing good with all the bad;
we’re often grieved by all the evil,
while the good times make us glad.
Don’t we more appreciate a spring day
after a long cold winter stuck inside;
how sweet to beat a rival
whom we haven’t beaten in awhile.
If we believed it merely fate
how depressing that could be,
it’s certainly more exciting
believing it’s from God who cares and sees;
in fact He takes it one step further,
God orchestrates it so we’ll grow,
so no matter how bad the bad is
He uses it for good, His blessings flow.
But that makes sense when we consider
that there’s evil everywhere,
but Satan and his demons are matchless
for a sovereign God who’s always there.
So how’s a successful life t’be measured?
The Bible’s the standard we should use,
and remember Jesus obeyed it for us,
gave us the faith to trustand reproduce.
But that makes it sound too easy,
surely there’s something more that we must do;
but if perfect is the standard,
relying on self we’ll surely lose!
So thank you Jesus, The Messiah
for giving us everything needed’t believe,
for without your loving-kindness
we’re eternally self-absorbed and self-deceived.