The last month has been pretty challenging for me. I’ve started working at home so I can spend more time with my dad. The transition hasn’t been without its fair share of bobbles. Technology is a wonderful thing except when it isn’t working and then it can be so frustrating I want to give it all up and quit. Of course, that’s not going to happen but feelings sometimes want to push out logic and reality. I said “want to”. We can never allow ourselves to lose sight of the bigger picture. A hiccup in our day doesn’t have to define the entire day or the plans we have for our future. When’s the last time you had a hiccup in your life? It happens to all of us. If you say it doesn’t happen to you, you are the exception.
There are different kinds of life hiccups. Some we have no control over (that’s an involuntary spasm) but others are deliberately instigated by yours truly (say you drink a soda a little too fast). Those hiccups are called sin. When my internet’s not working up to speed and keeps me from connecting to my office, I have no control over that. I have to depend on a technician or repairman to work out the problem. In the meantime I want to throw up my hands and quit but I don’t.
Sin hiccups are different. We know we’re sinning but we move forward with the sin and as we’re faced with the consequences we think about quitting. We feel unworthy of the gift we’ve been given by a Father who loves us more than we can imagine. If we continue to feel that way, it becomes easier to hiccup again and on and on it goes until we’re in a full-fledged hiccup episode and we don’t know how to stop it. But wait! Take a deep breath! Hold your breath for a minute, relax and pray to God. He’s there waiting for you. He can restore you and give you hope again. There’s not a single case of hiccups that God can’t handle, uncontrolled or controlled.
Now the best thing to do is to steer clear of those things that cause you to hiccup but that’s not reality either. We’ve all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. I didn’t make that up! Never give up. You’re forgiven. You’re covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. He can help you. Don’t ever forget it.