I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. Philippians 4:12
A sign at the edge of a trail-head parking lot caught my attention while hiking one weekend. It said, Unknown Conditions Ahead.That pretty much summed up my life. My circumstances had changed in a flash.
When life gets difficult, it’s easy to let those circumstances define my response. Thoughts run wild, worry increases stress levels, and I sometimes lash out at God or my family. Laments of, “I’m a victim of circumstances,” or “under the circumstances I can’t,” will start a pity party with no end in sight. I’ve been guilty of feeling sorry for myself or continuing to fight the situation instead of accepting it. Living under the circumstances is miserable.
Finances are my hot button and when part time work with the accompanying lower salary became a reality a little over a year ago, I became a victim over time. Our resources have been stretched because of unexpected medical bills. There were car repairs and other surprises that added to the financial crunch. Our savings account dwindled. Needless to say, it’s been scary.
Paul’s teaching in Philippians helped put perspective on this particular season in life. He knew what it was like to have plenty and practically nothing, yet he was content in either situation, always thankful, confident, and looking ahead. Paul lived above the circumstances, trusting God.
I need a full-time job, but waiting for that opportunity comes with more thankfulness and less anxiety because God has such an outstanding track record. Life is always changing, but aren’t you glad our Heavenly Father isn’t He’s always faithful and always above the circumstances.
Under every circumstance, trust in Him.
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A native of the snowbelt in Western New York, Laurinda Wallace is a graduate of Houghton College, NY and has been an administrator and legal assistant for most of her career. She now makes her home in Arizona with her husband, David.
Laurinda’s first novel, The Time Under Heaven has just been published by 3-Mice Productions and is available for Kindle or in paperback. She has been published in The Upper Room and Mature Living, and she contributes to several websites, including Christian Devotions and Hope Hints. She teaches in women’s ministry and Bible study. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her hiking in the mountains or digging in the dirt in her flower gardens. Visit Laurinda’s blog, SimplyLife at www.laurindaw.blogspot or her website at www.3-mice.com.