Upside Down

Psalm 146:9 The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.”

Why would God turn the life of someone upside down? Why would He add trials to an already trying life?

One of the only explanations I can find to those questions is that He uses the chaotic to humble their soul, to cause them to turn to Him. The choice is always there to raise a fist in anger, hurt, and rebellion. But, often, the question that goes unanswered is, “Why?”

“Why is this happening to me?”

Why is it happening now?”

Know that God does not often answer the ‘why’, but will guide our steps through the unknown to show that His wisdom is to see us through the trial, not remove it. Often, we look to God to remove the obstacles when they are strategically placed there to cause us to see we need Him.

We have given voice to those who seek to play the victim instead of processing through the situation to find the lesson or wisdom in the trial. We focus on the emotion of the situation instead of seeing the root cause enough to find a solution.

It looks upside down when others try to make sense of what God is doing when they cannot see Him or acknowledge His presence. 

It feels upside down when the way peace they have not known.

Isaiah 59:8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.”

Before we fall into the “us and them” viewpoint, let us look at each one on his/her own for a moment. 

I had times when my whole life was turned upside down. Whether it was the boss who seemingly had it in for me, or, the trial that went deeper and became more painful at every step, often, we can look on the trials of others and discern their need long before we ever see or acknowledge our own.

There are times in every person’s life when they feel as though they are trying to remain calm, look calm, and respond calmly, when in fact, there is a storm of epic proportion looming on the horizon. 

Dread and fear begin to grip the soul. What was once a solace of peace and comfort has seemingly disappeared. Those we call friends have vanished, and those we rely on for guidance, support, and encouragement, seem not to notice that we are drowning.

If you have never felt that way before, praise God for His protection. If you have lived through a storm such as that, praise God for His deliverance, power, and presence through it all to bring you to this point. 

I work in a ministry that I see this all the time. Chaos. Storms were looming in the lives of those I have invested. I have found that I cannot shield them from the effects, but I can walk with them. Often, it is self-inflicted damage, but not always. 

As the prodigal’s father never scolded his son for wasting his inheritance, he did rightly in bringing his son’s perspective back in line. The son never lost his sonship or place in the family. He never lost his father’s love, devotion, or protection. The father made public his profession of the same and celebrated it publicly. 

We may see that the reason others lives are upside down is because of personal choices, that should not keep us from providing the help we are called to give. We must pray that our own preferences, prejudices, and opinions do not hinder our ability to see what God wants us to do for others. 

Jesus is our Advocate to the Father.

1 John 2:1-2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

May we be His earthly ambassador for those whose lives are upside down and do it with such love and sincerity that they see Christ in us, loving them through us!

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