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)
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)