Sunday, June 29, 2014

Even Pimples Pass

Read: Exodus 2:15-25

And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.                                          Exodus 2:23

     When I was in high school, I was blessed NOT to be the kid who had to peel his face off every night, then put it back on every morning, because he had acne so bad you didn’t even know what his face really looked like. I wasn’t like the girls who had so much caulk on their faces that when they coughed, their faces cracked. But – I know what it is like to have pimples. I usually only had one or two pimples at a time, but with a good telescope, you could probably see them from outer space. They would get huge! You know how it is. It feels like every time someone is looking at you he is not looking at you or listening to what you are saying. Instead he is looking at that giant pimple plastered right across your forehead, tucked nicely in the corner of your mouth, or nestled sweetly in the center of your cheek. And it was never just a small one that could be covered with a little cream. It always had to be the one that had its own zip code and stayed uninvited for weeks on end.
     But the one thing I noticed about pimples is that they always eventually went away. They were quite unsightly while they lasted, and they brought a lot of embarrassment, but they always passed away. Sixty times in the  New Testament and 336 times in the Old Testament, the Bible uses the phrase, “And it came to pass.” That is a pretty good indication that when problems show up in your life uninvited, and they hang around making your life miserable, that they will eventually pass. Sure, they mar your picture-perfect life while they last, but they will pass.
     It is easy to get discouraged when you face difficulties in your life, but I’m sure you can remember past experiences when you were so worried about a problem, or so distraught over a situation in your life, that now you can look back on and laugh about. That is the way that most difficulties end up. Remember how the world was crashing down around you when that pimple ruined your existence? Situations like that are laughable now.
     So just remember, you might be struggling now, and it might feel like there is no way out from under the burden, but it will pass – just like everything always does.

 Quote of the day: “In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: It goes on.” 
- Robert Frost

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