Sunny Side Up

You’re right, we automatically think of eggs when we hear that expression.  However, that would serve us well if we also applied it to our daily lives.  So often in these days in which we live we are inundated with anger, sorrow, helplessness and a mile long list of questions.  How are we going to simply manage today, not even considering tomorrow?  Many of us will agree that we are list makers and that helps a lot, but what about the unexpected event that arises and messes up our list.  Maybe the best way to start each day is to simply bow our heads and ask our all-knowing Father what He has planned for our day.  I wonder how many of people in our world ever do that? But you would have to admit that it would surely make life simpler.

Simple is the way we would always like things to be.  Complicated denotes stress, restlessness, anger, confusion, even denial.  It wouldn’t surprise me if there weren’t a lot of us looking for the same answer.  As Christians we will have problems as does the rest of the world, but our answer to stress is our Lord, the Creator of this world and with Him guiding us, I believe we will be able to frequently feel sunny side up.  Yes, I know there will be some bad days, but we have the advantage of knowing that things are going to turn out as He planned and that He will be with us; that He will help us to smile and laugh and trust Him because He has already paid our price. What a relief!

Yes, I can hear you wondering if this really is a possibility why are there any days of stress for any of us.  You might want to remember that even with cooking eggs you can always turn up a bad one once in awhile.  However, overcoming is a characteristic we should try to develop because without the bad days we would be limited in the lessons of life we need to learn.  How should we handle the not so good days and should we tough it out or is it alright to ask for help?  I believe it always pleases our Father when we turn to him for strength and guidance.  We are His children, created out of the vast love of His heart, but we would not develop to greatness if we never had any problems to overcome.  You also might want to remember that like our earthly father it pleases our Creator to be asked for His help.  He created us, but the relationship is ours to develop through both the good times and the bad.  If you are a parent you have probably experienced the pleasure it gives you when your offspring turns to you and asks for your help.  It is when you build a relationship and that was why God created us in the first place.

The Bible tells us Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28-30).  Our Creator knew there would be days when we would not be able to cope without His help, but this was a step in building a relationship which is what He wanted in the first place.  That is not so hard to understand because it is often the same for us.  We need and want to be needed by someone else; that is often the way relationships are built.

Of course, it is hard to build a relationship with someone you cannot see, but it is not impossible and more than worth the effort.  Jesus thought we were important enough to give His life for and we should be grateful enough to repay the cost with our friendship.  I don’t think that is too much to ask.  And I believe we will find the icing on the cake more than worth the cost, as our lives, like our eggs, can be lived sunny side up.

Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.