Encouragement, Faith, Inspirational, Stress, Trials, Trusting God

Such Is Life

The night before leaving Seattle, I made plans to leave for the airport two hours early to make a timely arrival for my departure.  I was faithfully executing my plan but soon discovered that my plan was not the plan.  Nothing happened as I intended.  Upon check out, the hotel computer crashed.  My train arrived late and took 45 minutes to travel to the airport instead of 35.  At the airport, security held up the line just as I was having my license checked.  I was delayed further by security when they manually checked my luggage and ran it through the scanner twice.  After running like Flo-Jo trying to make it to my gate, I took the last available seat on the flight just one minute prior to take off.  I was highly frustrated, but that was not the end. 

As we approached the runway, the pilot announced that we were returning to the gate due to a medical emergency.  It was an hour later before we actually departed.  As we impatiently waited, several passengers mumbled because it was very likely that many of us would miss our connecting flights.  It was in that moment that God revealed to me this lesson—Such is life.

As I mulled over all the “unnecessary” delays and numerous frustrations, an older man beside me responded “Such is life!”  Here was a guy who was sure to miss his flight, yet he seemed so calm.  He told me that he had accepted that he would not make his flight and that he would just get a hotel and fly out tomorrow.  He did not mumble nor complain.  He simply remarked, “Such is life.”  After observing him, I began to ponder the statement and its truth.  Regardless of how much we plan in advance or how faithful we may be, there are times when things just don’t go as we intend. 

Such is life that despite our relationship with Christ, we are not exempt from calamity and trouble.  Throughout the Bible we discover that even the most devout Christians encountered difficulty.  Job, a blameless and upright man who feared God and shunned evil, lost all of his wealth, children, and servants in a matter of days.  Joseph, a man committed to pleasing God, was thrown into a pit, sold into slavery by his brothers, and sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit.  Paul, one of the greatest and most faithful apostles, found himself facing death for preaching the gospel.  Just as these men did not live problem-free lives, neither shall we.  Therefore, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.” (1 Peter 4:12 NIV)

Since life shall undoubtedly bring us trouble, the question is not whether we shall encounter problems, but how we handle the problems that we encounter.  When we face trouble, roadblocks, and detours in life, God does not want us to complain.  Instead, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” (James 1:2 NIV)  Life is not always going to be easy—Such is life!  Like the old man on my plane, there will be many times when we have to roll with the punches.  We can’t allow every distraction to steer us off course.  Instead, we are called to endure as a good soldier (2 Timothy 2:3 NIV) so that we may glorify our Father.

As you reflect on the trouble that you may be encountering at this moment, consider the words of the Apostle Paul: “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed…Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.  For our present troubles are small and won’t last forever!  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.  For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:8; 17-18 NIV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for helping us to understand that some things in life just are.  Teach us not to complain and not to be easily distracted but to remember that Your Word equips us to overcome every problem that we encounter.  Remind us of Your Word daily and help us to glorify You by the way we choose to respond to life’s trials.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to approach life’s problems with a positive attitude.  Stop getting frustrated by the problem and focus on the One who can provide resolution.  I EMPOWER you to walk in faith remembering that, although we are destined to encounter trouble, trouble does not last always.

Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)

10 thoughts on “Such Is Life”

  1. Tasha, I love this so much especially because Im always saying, “Such is Life.” I think that often we can get so caught up in the fact that we are “living right” that we think that we shouldnt have to go through things. But just like the examples that you stated (Job, Joseph, etc) we are going to have to go THROUGH some stuff. Thanks for the EMPOWERment!

    1. Yes. It is so easy to have the “living right” mentality (as Renee’s post so eloquently demonstrated yesterday). I know I am guilty. The problem is that it often leads to a sense of entitlement. We have to remember that God does not owe us. He blesses us because of His great love. That love does not exempt us from problems, but the problems also do not separate us from His love. As you stated, we are just going THROUGH.

  2. I just had to say something about this Empowermoment. I have spent much of the last month just all confused because wild things just kept happening to me. But one of my friends pointed out: If you flinch everytime something bad happens it makes Christians look weak. I mean we are the light of the world. IF we face problems like the world does (complaining, pity parties etc) why would the world even WANT to serve Our God..it makes no difference. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Renee that is so true! Immediately, I thought of Luke 12 where Jesus instructs us not to worry about how we will be provided for. In verse 29, He says, for the pagan world worries about such things. In essence, He’s saying don’t let your response be like the world’s response. As you said, we are lights and should strive to be examples to unbelievers of how to live a victorious life through Christ.

      1. Yes, it can be hard to remember that while we are going through..so it helps to have accountability partners that will pray for you but also not let you whine 🙂 LOL

  3. Latasha I love this and your illustration via the missed connection is on point. I have experienced this too many times to count and at first I would get upset but then I reached resolve and realized that missing that flight just mean I would either have to catch another one or spend the night somewhere. I would say “it is what it is” This is how I started to deal with life’s situations too. I am not always calm but I reach my “it is what it is” point. There are going to be times that are stressful and times that I can’t figure a way out but I have to trust God and know that right now “it is what it is” because such is life. 😉

    1. I am definitely learning to just let things go. I have a mentor who, like you, always says “it is what it is.” It would bug me so much initially, because I viewed it as sort of a defeated attitude. Last week I sent a message letting that person know that now I understand that “it is what it is.” There are things that don’t make since to stress about. As Christians we move forward by trusting in God.

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