Daily Devotional September 9, 2020

Annalee is a three year old, little girl in our church.  She has my heart. 

Monday night, Annalee seemed to be having a hard time.  Her mother said, “Annalee, what’s wrong?”  Annalee sighed and said, “I’m tired of being beautiful.”  Melissa said, “I can see how that would be exhausting for you.”

Poor Annalee has just discovered the truth.  Even the beautiful people of the world have problems.  In fact, no one I know doesn’t.

Never look at someone else’s life and think they’ve got it made.  Life doesn’t work that way.

Poor, rich, uneducated, degreed, thin, thick, bald, haired, male, female, famous, unknown, black, white, brown, yellow, sick, healthy, tall or short, it makes no difference.  Everyone carries a heavy burden.  Some are just better at hiding it.

While your burden might not be being as beautiful like Annalee, you still have struggles.  That’s because there are two guarantees in life.  Life is hard and God is good.  Those are the two things you can take to the bank.

The good news is that even though life can be hard, God is always good, and in the end, God wins.

The most misunderstood book in the Bible is Revelation.  Many people miss the main points of the book because they are distracted by the bizarre imagery.  The message in Revelation is simple: Life can be hard but God wins.  That’s all that matters.

I hope that you are in a good place in life but if you are currently experiencing trials and tribulations, know that God’s goodness, love, and mercy will see you through.  No hardship can overpower God.  In the end, God always wins.

That’s what Paul meant by writing:  “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:38-39)

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, as I face the storms of life, remind me of your love and power.  Help me trust where I cannot see, love in the midst of adversity, and rely on you above all else.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Next Sunday, I will see Annalee.  I will explain I too know the burden of being beautiful.  It is a burden she and I will just have to carry.  I think she’ll understand.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins