I am swimming in could be’s. Maybe you can relate; maybe you can’t. It’s okay if you do, it’s okay if you don’t. Only God can be in the past, present and the future simultaneously. For me, trying to be God is a death sentence. I must live in the moment. I have to remain present in His presence. Yesterday’s spilled milk is done. Get a towel, wipe it up. Move on. Don’t re-live it. Don’t wallow in it. Who, but God, knows what tomorrow holds? We are not promised tomorrow. Today has enough trouble of its own. No sense picking from the future and stealing from today. Remember how you felt, leaning over the porcelain god, praying that Heaven would part and take you away? You made promises if only God would grant you a reprieve. Do you recall looking down the barrels of their guns? You weren’t sure how many of them it would take to kick your ass, but you knew they brought reinforcements. And they looked determined. If you jumped, where would your run? Life is messy, especially when you’re the mess-maker. Shards of shattered shambles littering in your wake. What have you done? How did you get here? Do you remember? Peeking out of your mini-blinds to see who might be outside. You hear a knock, but there is nobody there. Is it all in your head? What’s that noise? Who is there? There’s a dent in your car. How did that get there? You wonder. You always wonder. High highs. Low lows. Surrounded by a sea of coulda beens, grappling with the present, struggling not to look back, fretting about the future, I lie here. Wondering. This too shall pass. This too shall pass. This. Too. Shall. Pass.
2 Corinthians 1: 3-7
3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.
6–7 When we suffer for Jesus, it works out for your healing and salvation. If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching. Your hard times are also our hard times. When we see that you’re just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you’re going to make it, no doubt about it.
Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language (2 Co 1:3–7). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.