02 May Asthma and Golf Swings
If there is one aspect of our current sermon series on Revelation that goes with me each week, it is the consistent inconsistency of the Christian journey. John started off the letter in the present and never stops moving between the present and the future and the past. The vision shifts from the current challenges of the Church to prior struggles and near future trials, all while reminding the reader of the enduring victory of Jesus.
An oxymoron is a combination of words that when used together, provide one meaning, but contradict each other, independently. Consistent inconsistency works in such a way. Another way of saying it is, the only thing that is constant is change. The journey is up and down, because life is messy and there are many factors at work.
Last weekend, we had some inconsistencies. Lindsey was out of town with a pastors’ wife group of friends. Hannah, Joseph, and I had some chores to do, so we took some stuff to the recycling center. That was a good thing, but we threw away their first ride-along. It was a little jeep, and they loved it…actually, all four of us drove that thing at one time or the other. It was sad to say goodbye. Then we went to the driving range for the first time to hit some golf balls together. Joseph got some clubs for his birthday. We had fun.
Later that day, Lindsey came home, and we were all happy. In the middle of the night, we awoke to a horrifying sound of barking, choking, and desperation as Joseph had some form of acute respiratory attack. He could not breathe. He couldn’t get anything past his throat. After a breathing treatment and some Benadryl, he could breath better and speak, but he still needed help. So, off to the ER Lindsey and Joseph went. It was a rough weekend.
Turns out, Joseph had croup, which was better than we thought, because it could have been asthma. It was emotionally and physically exhausting. Each of you has your own version of this story from time to time. Some are worse and some not so extreme, but we all deal with consistent inconsistency.
It’s not just life that can be like this; our faith journey is similar. If we try to cope on our own every time we struggle or face temptation, our problems will appear (and can actually become) worse. Shoreline exists because we have been called by God to do life together: to encourage each other; to hold each other accountable; and to bear the load together.
Life happens. If we try to live unto ourselves, our lives will be much harder than God intended. King Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.” We are not meant to bear the burden alone, and we should not try. Try to lift someone else up this week; you may need the same support sooner than you think.
Blessings to you,