Need an adjustment?

A few weeks ago, my back started to feel all out of whack for the first time in a long time.  Years previous, my back was injured in the workplace and I had to get adjustments done at the Chiropractor and Osteopath so that I could walk and sit properly without pain.  After my visits with the Chiro and Osteo dudes, I felt a lot better and life was back to normal.  Get it?  “Back” to normal! ha ha ha… cheesy I know… anyways, a few weeks ago my back needed some adjusting again so I went to the Chiropractor, only this time it was a different doctor.  Nice guy.  We talked and eventually got to the topic of religion and God since I told him that I was a Pastor.  The conversation then became very interesting.  He began to tell me about the important connection between our thought life and our bodies.  Stress can actually throw our bodies out of whack and can put our backs out of alignment.  Then, nerves can become pinched and prevent the proper flow of information from the brain to the other parts of the body.  Now I am not a doctor, nor do I have much understanding, outside of a wikipedia answer, of how our nervous system really works, but I think I got a basic understanding while at the Chiropractor’s office.  The way we think, the way we process the stuff in our lives, effects the functioning of our bodies.  Worry, stress, doubt, anxiety… all have adverse effects on the body. 

Jesus comforts us with his words in Matthew 6:25-34 to not worry about our lives.  So often the stresses of our lives such as bills, food, medical needs, clothing, children, family, work can overwhelm us with thoughts that bring us to a point of breaking down.  It can be so easy to get distracted by all these things and feel like we are drowning.  But Jesus calls us to a new level of thinking.  A new perspective of our situations in life.  He calls us to look to Him, trust Him, seek Him.  Jesus is Lord over the storm.  He calls us to get out of the boat, even though all the odds are against me, even though it seems impssible to walk on the water, he calls us to Himself.  Now of course in the account of Peter walking on water and going towards Jesus, he begins to sink.  The message of that story though, is faith.  To be able to get out of the boat, to be able to see life from a new perspective requires faith.  When we choose to operate out of faith, when we choose to seek first the Kingdom of God, when we choose to not give in to our worries and anxieties even though things look rough, our lives will become aligned to God’s will.  

Now it may mean we will have to work on our finances and become more responsible, it may mean we will need to work on our relationships and be more humble, it may mean that we will have to adjust the way we do some things, but all in all, God’s promise is that He will walk with us and always be with us (Matt 28:20).   God is faithful.  He is a provider, healer and restorer. 
Trust Him in times of trouble. Let us re-align our minds to His will, which is to seek Him first above all other things.  He will take care of the rest and guide us to vistory over the storms.

All Things New

There is this house not too far from mine that was built over 100 years ago.  It is a small bungalow with two bedrooms and a basement.  The basement was unfinished and was still in the same shape as it was 100 years ago; dirt floors, old school farmhouse style walls, and dim lighting.  When I walked into this house, I could smell the mouldy oldness.  It seemed like it was in rough shape.  The walls were stained from all the cigarette smoke, the floors were peeling, and the ceilings had cracks like veins all over.  But what I saw as a hopeless situation, another person saw it as an opportunity to make this house new again.  This person purchased the house, completely stripped everything down to the bare studs and started renovating from scratch.  He put in all new walls, all new electrical lines, and all new plumbing.  The old was gone… the new had come. 

Over time, our lives can become like the old house.  Our lives can become a mess through brokeness in our relationships, in our health, and even in our connection with God.  As time passes even more, our lives can feel like change seems impossible.  In our trials, we can come to a point where we almost accept that things wont change.  The oldness is just the way it is, and just the way it always will be.  There seems to be no way out, no answer, no hope.   But there is hope.

Jesus came so that we may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).  As we turn our attention and focus on Jesus, we will begin to experience this life He calls us into.  He calls us to listen for Him in our lives.  He calls us to search for Him in our lives.  When we find Him, He will lead us into the pasture, the green fields… a new territory… a new place… a place with new hope, new life…

Paul mentions something really cool in his second letter to the Corinthians.  He said, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

I believe that this passage speaks to us from various walks of life.  It’s not just a scripture verse for an evangelistic message given with an altar call.  Some of us may have been a follower of Jesus for many years.  Things were great back in the day but now it has become just “whatever”… New Life applies to you as well.  With God, things are always new… There is no way we can fully comprehend God.  We will constantly be discovering more as each day, as each month and as each year rolls by.  Seek God… He will make all things even more New! 

What are some of the things that need change in your life?  Believe me, God wants to see that change as well.  He is the master renovator.  Turn to Him in your day of trouble, your time of trial, your state of hopelessness… He will make all things New.