One of the worst experiences of my life came when I was suffering through vertigo. My sister has suffered through it for many years. Her spells would last for a few minutes and then she could get her wits about her. I never really understood what the big deal was. That is, until I suffered from it myself. Of course, as is usually with me, I donít do anything easy. My bouts of vertigo would last form much more than just a couple of minutes. I had one bout that lasted for four hours. At the moment it felt like the worst four hours of my life.
If you have never had vertigo, let me explain it to you. You know that feeling you would get when you rode a Sit ní Spin when you were a kid? Or rode one of the ever popular spinning rides like the Tea Cup at an amusement park? It really isnít anything like that. Sure, the doctors tell you that it is, but itís not. Those rides have two elements that vertigo does not. First of all, they have an end in sight. You know that eventually your dizzy feeling will go away. With my vertigo I could say, yes it will go away. But with me, it didnít go away until I was asleep. The longer I remained awake the more the world would spin. That brings me to the second element. The dizzy feeling lessons the longer you are removed from the initial moment of getting dizzy. For me, it didnít. It actually got worse. It was like going down a spiral. The more I got dizzy, the dizzier I got. I would try to hold onto walls, the head board, the mattress just to give myself a sense of stability. And it never worked. Even the unmovable floor could not provide me with a sense of security. Let than sink in for a moment. I felt like there was no end to my suffering and that no matter what I did, I couldnít find a way give myself a sure foothold.
This very condition is something that millions of people are suffering with. It is amazing to me that we live in a world that is entertainment saturated. In fact, we love entertainment so much in this country that we have numerous awards shows to award our entertainers. (We have The Academy Awards, Grammyís, Emmyís, I-Heart Radio, Nickelodeon, MTV, SAG, and the list goes on). But, not only that, but we have turned the awards ceremony into an entertainment event. And yet, despite all these forms of entertainment, we are the most unhappy generation in a really, really long time here in America. Let this little bit of information catch you; the generation we live in is unhappier than the generation that grew up and lived through the Great Depression!
How can this be? How can we be so consumed with entertainment and be miserable all at the same time? Because we are looking for stability in our life and not finding it. We are looking for an end to the drudgery of our lives and we see no end in sight.
I donít remember where I first heard this story, but it perfectly describes what ails America today. There was a young boy suffering with excessive sorrow. He thought if he could just get to college, heíd be happy. He was wrong. Then he thought, if I can just get a job, Iíd be happy. He was wrong. Then he thought, if I got married, I would be happy. He was wrong. This story continued through marriage, children, raising children, grandchildren, etc. This man learned that happiness was not found in these things. He died miserable. He was miserable because he thought the stabilizing force in his life could be something like money, education, a good job, a spouse, kids, etc. I am not saying that some people wonít find happiness in those things. But, things that can be moved do not make for a good stabilizing force. A job can be lost. A spouse can die. Regretfully, so can children.
The stabilizing force you need in your life needs to be a Rock with is never moved. ďThe LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower (Psa. 18:2).Ē I cannot find a better summary to my point than these words of David. If you feel like your world is spinning out of control. If you feel like nothing you grab a hold of gives you strength, security, hope, happiness, etc. Then turn to God. Let him be your rock, your fortress, your deliverer, your strength, your buckler, the horn of your salvation and your high tower. Why? Because he doesnít move. ďI will never leave you nor forsake you. We can confidently say, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me (Heb. 13:5-6)?Ē
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Needing Stability in an Increasingly Unstable World
Volume 6 Issue 11