Six or eight clean towels appeared in the linen closet this morning (I'm not so good at details), just like they appear every six to eight days (I am a 'kept man'). The dishwasher was full again last evening, so it was run overnight and emptied this morning. Life rolls on.
Before our Business Manager goes on vacation she lines up volunteers to cover the office for every day that she is gone. Between things being done ahead of time and the presence of the volunteers, it would be easy for the outside world to never notice her absence. My work load does not change while she is gone (even here I am a 'kept man'). Life rolls on.
Every Friday the work crew arrives and walks down into our basement. Drywall is hung. Outlets and lights are installed. Floor coverings soon will be in place. For the sake of quality control, my roll is minimal. Life rolls on.
Rolling over progresses to crawling, and one knows that soon the hands will be in the air while the feet are covering ground. Spoons supplement the nipples. Sounds become words, and before one can blink (or so it seems) the distant horizon of school will dawn. Life rolls on.
The pace of life never seems to slow down, even though we claim that we wish it would. When (or if?) we finally take the time to pause and look back we exclaim, "Where did the time go?" as we lament the many things we have missed. And, while we may be paused for that moment, life continues to roll on.
HERE COMES MY WORD OF WARNING: Without a little discipline applied on a daily basis, the rolling action of life can suddenly become a freight train steaming downhill and out of control. And, before we know it, dreams can be shattered, opportunities missed, and our life become a wreck! Yet the discipline is so simple: a little time in God's Word each day, some daily moments in prayer, multiple expressions of appreciation and encouragement to those we encounter throughout each day.
With these simple actions added to our daily routine, the freight train slows down and peace is restored. We are empowered to say with David of old, "Blessed be the Lord! Day after day he bears our burdens; God is our salvation. Our God is a God of salvation, and escape from death belongs to the Lord, my lord. ... Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth; sing praise to the Lord. ... God, you are awe-inspiring in your sanctuaries. The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!" (Psalm 68.19-20, 32, 35) Life rolls on, and it is good.
Our Savior's word of encouragement is clear (and simple). “Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth ... 'Be still, and know that I am God,' (he says), 'I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.' Yes, the Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress" (Psalm 46.8-11). Life with God in Christ Jesus is good ... for it rolls on, day after day, with the promise that his "goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives, and we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." (Psalm 23.6)
Generally it takes more than just a sip of life-giving water every Thursday. Add a chapter or two read each day ... and an hour or two with other people of God each week ... and suddenly our next reflective pause reveals that not only is life rolling on, but peace like a river is flowing through ... and we somehow, no matter what the pace or intensity level may be, we hear ourselves softly singing "it is well, it is well with my soul" ... as life rolls on with Jesus leading the way.