WARNING!!! Finding yourself inside a hamster’s wheel spinning, spinning, spinning will cause DIZZINESS!
The wheels keep spinning, you’re working your tail off, and you’re surviving with little breath to spare. Working hard at the game of life and yet no breakthroughs; just treading, treading, treading. Wait a minute…I hear Tina Turner playing in the background! “Big wheel keep on turning/Proud Mary keep on burning/And we’re rolling, rolling/Rolling on the river”.
I was rolling on the river alright, living the stagnant life not even enjoying the view from the boat. Boredom was overtaking my existence. Inspiration: gone. Focus: farewell. Drive: oops, lost the license. Joy was taken away from me at some point, but when? Where did it go? And, WHO took it? Wait a minute! Stay still. I grabbed my Bible and went back to the drawing board.
Reading God’s word is better than any doctor’s prescription. No medicine can heal the heart like God’s words. The Bible fills me with hope. First, I must pray for the condition of my mind, heart, and vision. One of my favorite verses is Matthew 6:22-23, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” That’s it! The first step back to joy was my sight!
I do believe the enemy wants to steal our joy. And often that joy is taken very smoothly. It’s like we don’t even know what’s happening! One day we’re flowing with honey and with no WARNING our vision, our sight is gone! It may be days, months, even years before we recognize the dark cloud we’ve been walking in. I had allowed certain influences which seemed okay enough into my life, while unknowingly they were killing my Spirit!
His voice, like no other, is available to us before, during, and after office hours. Around the clock care with an “open door” policy. I find rest in knowing Jesus Christ and searching Him is where I reclaim my joy. Rolling on the river with Jesus, that’s right Tina, watch out!