I was driving the other day when I saw this sign: Caution Bump Ahead. I didn’t see anything, but my car felt a small bump as I drove over a hard-to-see speed bump. But isn’t that how life is? We go about our day not thinking anything negative may happen when BUMP something does.
What is your bump today? It could be loss of income, an unexpected illness, family disconnect, marriage issues, fertility problems, or perhaps someone you love died.
I’m encouraged by what Jesus said: that in this life, we will have troubles. He didn’t say if you have troubles!
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NIV).
Does that encourage you? It sure encourages me! I used to think I must be a bad sinner when bad things happened to me, but that is incorrect thinking. We will have troubles. We will be persecuted for our faith. I’m able to walk by faith each day, knowing that Jesus is with me to give me peace, no matter what may happen.
How do unknown bumps affect your home and life as you try to keep it all together? It means we should work daily on keeping up with our homes in terms of reducing clutter and mess. We keep to our schedule for when we clean, when we grocery shop and cook, when we do the laundry, when we spend time with our family/children/husbands, and most important, when we spend time with our God.
Because we never know when a bump will happen, we need to be as caught up with our daily chore list as possible.
We had a bad ice and snowstorm a few years ago so my husband Scott and I made sure we were stocked up with groceries. Our outdoor faucets have covers on them, as do some of our plants. We set out extra flashlights in case the electricity went out. Yes! A bump came our way, but if we take care of the daily items, we will be ready for when it comes. Staying organized daily will help your life whenever a bump comes your way. And staying close to God is the best way.
Manna from Heaven
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” (James 1:2)
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” (I Peter 4:12)
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
And one more:
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
My prayer for you is that no matter what bumps come into your life, you rely on the Lord Jesus to get you through.
Lane Jordan Burday serves as a POP Talk Radio Co-Host, is coordinating a Pearls of Promise 52-Week Devotional, and is our POP Prayer Co-Leader. Lane Jordan Burday is also an award-winning best-selling author of the 12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman series of books. She is an international speaker, life coach, seminar leader, Bible teacher for 25 years, and an artist. She has served as the Associate Producer for the television program In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley.
Lane’s latest book, Evangeline, is a historical fiction based on the book of Esther. You can reach Lane at: firstname.lastname@example.org