Yesterday was a day of sharp contrast. From the extraordinary pomp and circumstance of a Royal wedding to the equally extraordinary aftermath of violent and deadly tornados, we were witness to the extremes of the human condition. In reaching to the height of the celebratory and plunging into the depth of human suffering, one thing is certain: lives are forever changed.
Outrageous hat’s aside, the Royal ceremony was a sight to behold. Kate Middleton, from the girl next door to an elegant and regal bride, has now received a place in history as the Duchess of Cambridge. Her life will forever be lived under a microscope, and though her life will be wildly expanding, she will likely be more confined than ever. Even positive change requires sacrifice.
Another sight to behold, albeit painful, is the devastation left behind by natures awesome fury. The image of a man sitting in the wreckage of what once was his home, a place that he worked his entire life to have, is reminder that clinging to our glorified perception of the American dream is a false illusion of security and hope. Give a tornado 45 seconds and it can wipe out 45 years of work, possessions, security and even identity.
So what do we cling to?
As you witness life swinging from high to low in one 24 hour news cycle, do you get the sense that if it hasn’t happened to you already, you’re at the very least susceptible to the same heights and depths in your own life?
We can build homes, collect possessions, keep daily planners and have goals and hopes and dreams, but FIRST we must set ourselves and our families on a firm foundation that cannot be altered or even shaken. The power of unpredictability is diminished by the promises of an all-loving, all-knowing, all-giving God. This seemingly intangible, mystical God might sound a bit fluffy or convenient to some, but that could simply mean you haven’t really tried to know him, or maybe you’ve tuned him out because his language seems too restrictive.
Life changes in an instant, but one, and only one thing remains consistent: The unfailing love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Unfailing. Love. Savior. Jesus. Examine those words. Savor them. They are one in the same. These words in action, provide healing for our ever-changing, unpredictable lives. Nothing else holds up. He walked this earth, suffered, and secured a foundation for every life on earth from the Duchess of Cambridge to the stranger in the rubble. And you.
My memory verse this week comes from a portion of the scripture read at the Royal wedding (and at my sister and brother-in-laws wedding too!). It packs a punch, calling us into love, honor, service, joy, patience and faithfulness in our relationships and in our way of living.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”