We're The Dealer
We're The Dealer
By: Danny Wallace
Being hurt is part of being alive. Rainbows follow storms, and light always casts a shadow. Sustained strength comes from walking “through” one part life, to embrace the reward that lies on the other side.
No, I’m not speaking of the old fundamental idea of enduring the struggles of this life to bask in the reward of Heaven. I’m saying that every situation in life has a storm and a rainbow. Strength comes from walking through the rain to behold the rainbow. The last thing we ever want to do is set up camp in the middle of the storm.
“Even though I walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You, my Lord, are with me.”
This verse says it all. There is no need to fear because of one word. That word is “through.” I’m not living, camping, or dying in the valley of the shadow of death. I’m merely walking through it with Jesus. Through, means there are two sides to every situation.
Are you going “through” something today, or have you set up housekeeping in the mentality of your present situation? Have you decided that you will always be sick? Maybe you get over one sickness only to anticipate your next affliction? If so, you’re not walking through anything. You’ve set up housekeeping in the valley of the shadow of death. Maybe it’s time to pack and move to higher ground.
Have you decided that no one likes you? If so, by that decision, you’ve taken on characteristics that are indeed, difficult for anyone to like. In short, you’ve become your own, worst enemy. Everyone has a momentary pity-party. Some people turn those moments into a lifetime of “woe-is-me.” As far as they are concerned, if it’s going to rain on anyone, it will indeed rain on them.
"As a person thinks in their heart - so shall it be." If you believe the earth is flat, you will never venture near the edge. It doesn't matter whether the earth is round or flat. For you, it is flat. That's what counts.
How do you see today? Is it, "Oh Lord, today is Monday," or "Praise God, it's a brand new day?" We should never complain about the hand we're dealt since, "by our decision," we're the dealer. We hold all the cards. As a people who have come to put so much stock in our belief by way of less than a mustard seed of faith, isn’t it about time we put all things in perspective?
Though our faith has no power to touch what God has finished, isn’t it amazing that less than a mustard seed of it can hold even the greatest man far from the edge of life’s limitless possibilities?