One of the many certainties of life is that trials and hard times will come. We can’t avoid them. Some times they are of our own making. Sometimes they are out of our control.
When trials and hardships come we have a choice. We can allow them to make us stronger or we can allow them to suck the life out of us. The choice is ours!
Life will test you but don’t let it steal your song!
Max Lucado in his book “In the Eye of the Storm” tells the story of Chippie the parakeet. Chippie the parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over.
The problems began when Chippie’s owner decided to clean Chippie’s cage with a vacuum cleaner. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage. The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up. She’d barely said hello when Chippie got sucked in.
The bird owner gasped, put down the phone, turned off the vacuum, and opened the bag. There was Chippie – still alive, but stunned. Since the bird was covered with dust and soot, she grabbed him and raced to the bathroom, turned on the faucet, and held Chippie under the running water.
Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do… she reached for the hair dryer and blasted the pet with hot air. Poor Chippie never knew what hit him.
A few days after the trauma, the reporter who’d initially written about the event contacted Chippie’s owner to see how the bird was recovering.
“Well”, she replied, “Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore – he just sits and stares.”
It’s hard not to see why. Sucked in, washed up, and blown over. That’s enough to steal the song from the stoutest heart.
Don’t let the difficulties of life steal your song!
There is very little we can do about the storms of life. They come to us all. We get sucked into the whirlpool of all sorts of storms. The pink slip comes. The rejection letter arrives. The doctor calls. The divorce papers are delivered. The check bounces. A policeman knocks on your door.
Shock and silence are a normal initial response to being hit by the unexpected. But, what we do next is a measure of our strength and character.
Winston Churchill said these powerful words about going through the storms of life:
If you are going through hell, keep going!
You don’t have to run but you do need to keep moving forward even if it is just baby steps! If you can’t sing, then hum. Humming is a prelude to singing. Just keep moving. Don’t stop.
Remember that when you find yourself on the perch with Chippy, with the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner getting closer and closer.
How do you typically respond when trials and hardships come into your life?