This past Sunday I had to move everything out of the living and dining rooms of our home due to new flooring being put in. Chairs, couches and tables were all carefully stored in the garage, bedroom and even the porch. All that remained were barren rooms.
Our dog and cat immediately caught on that there was something amiss and they started acting strange Sunday evening. Yesterday the guys doing the work pulled up the old carpet, took down and repainted the baseboards and painted the rooms. The dog was depressed and the cat absolutely freaked out and headed for the hills until the sun went down.
Last night I got very little sleep due to the paint smell and one very upset cat. All night long the cat sat outside the bedroom door letting it be known that he was NOT HAPPY. His kingdom had been turned upside down and he was disoriented, disturbed and distraught. I finally let him out when the sun came up. He hung around the porch for quite awhile until the men showed up to work and again, he headed for the hills.
Neither animals nor humans handle change very well. We are creatures of habit and when our habitat is turned upside down or inside out we tend to get disoriented, angry and depressed. For the most part, we want a set routine that demands little thought to perform. We want to stumble out of bed and not slam our toes into a piece of furniture that normally isn’t there. We want to lounge in our custom fitting chairs and sit at our picture perfect dining room table instead of sitting and eating “wherever”.
I remember vividly talking to people as they stood in line at a relief center in southern Mississippi 10 months after Hurricane Katrina. These people looked and acted like zombies for they were living in temporary housing (usually a small RV) with very few of their earthly belongings. They had no job, no home and no hope.
The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:11-13 the following:
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
The only way to be content in whatever state we are in and whatever the state of where we are is to fully believe in our hearts that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. To the extent we learn how be content in the good times AND the bad times, we experience the Godly contentment that gives us strength and comfort no matter where we are.
Paul was intimately acquainted with dungeons, jails, living with others and sleeping under the stars. Paul, like so many in the early church rarely was “home” so he had to make home where his heart was. When our heart is at rest in God, we are in HIS home and perfectly content no matter how crazy, horrific or confusing things are around us.
As always, Blessings 2 You!
[quote]To the extent we learn how be content in the good times AND the bad times, we experience the Godly contentment that gives us strength and comfort no matter where we are.[/quote]
This is critical. Will we trust God, no matter what?