Last week I conducted the funeral of a kind and caring lady who never married in her 89 years of life. She was born three months after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. By the time the US had pulled out of the depression and World War II was over, she was 15 years old … and then, just after she turned 20, all of her friends started to be sent to the Korean War. And we worry what kind of a world the children being born today are entering!
Yesterday I refilled and emptied my Yeti three times. That is a whole lot of water for me to drink in a day. It certainly kept me hydrated … which they say is very important as life rolls on.
In the week since that funeral, I have, among other things, met one-day-old Agnes Anne, helped a couple from a different family set up plans for their wedding, worked on a baptism with a third family, and set the stage for me to meet someone who was diagnosed with stage four cancer this past weekend. These events were interspersed with conversations about life, faith and ministry with a couple teens and a twenty-something. And, oh, did I mention that I attended a Tiger game and a family barbeque, and that our granddaughter spent an overnight with us, too?
Yes, life rolls on … through Lent, Good Friday and Easter … through birth and old age, and all the years between … through crisis and calamities … through celebrations and serendipitous occasions. It rolls on for each of us. And, as it does, God also rolls us into situation after situation where he is placing us (giving us the role) as difference makers.
Perhaps the question of the day then becomes, how can we be prepared to make a positive difference in each of those circumstances? Our God's advice is simple: "In your hearts always set apart Christ as Lord, and be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." (1 Peter 3.15) Life rolls on … Christ rolls us into position … and his blessings roll off our tongues and into the lives of others … often times in ways we don't even realize.
Weddings are meant to be a celebration of life. I love to read Psalm 100 in the ceremony because, for me, it captures what our life on this earth is all about: "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations." (Psalm 100) This is how God has designed life to roll on.
My suggestion is that you roll these two verses up and carry them with you wherever you go this week … so that you are prepared not just for whatever rolls into your life, but also for all the roles God has planned for you.