A Spinning Top

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty….Psalm 91:1

The other day I was reading a book to my daughter and her little eyes spotted something in one of the pictures she hadn’t seen before. She said, “Mommy, what’s that?” I said, “Honey, that’s a spinning top. It’s a toy.” She said, “No, it’s a popsicle.” Of course I reminded her that it was not and her was response was, “Well, it looks like one.” Which is true. It does look like one. I told her that a spinning top spins and spins in one place until it finally spins out of control and lands back down on the ground.

Doesn’t life feel a little bit like a spinning top? Life is headed in the right direction, spinning the way it should and then after some time life starts to spin a bit out of control once more. Maybe its because of something you did or its quite possibly because of nothing you did, but because life is simply taking place.

Yesterday, I said to a loved one, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Their response was to ask, “How do you do that? How do you wake up and rejoice in the Lord when things aren’t going well?”

Friend, what I have learned is not to view life like a spinning top, but just like that refreshing popsicle my daughter mentioned. One that you can enjoy in the shade while you rest a little while.

Truthfully, before this moment, I was dealing with some fears and worries. Thinking, really? This again Lord? But then, as I positioned myself in a place of prayer, asking God for His voice in all of this. He said, “Heather, I will take care of you.” So friend, life might be spinning a bit out of control for you. Things are not as they should. Life is a bit less than ideal, but God is still on the throne. Yes, God is still good. What I have learned over this journey is that even when I am met with the reality of facing the consequences of someone else’s sinful choices or when life just spins a bit out of control once more God still sits on the throne. He miraculously gives me grace, provision and His joy to lean into. He graciously provides what I need- a place to rest with Him.

So friend, don’t get so upset with the people or circumstances that made life spin out of control, but rest with your Heavenly Father in His comfort. Truly, this is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Lord, you are good. You provide what I need. Thank you that you are enough for me. Today I choose to rest in your love because it is so very good, in Jesus name, Amen.

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