A few years back I was invited to go to India to sing at a Christmas Program. Alex had been to India a few times before but this was going to be my first time there. I didn't know what to expect but was excited to go and see Kolkata. Little did I know what an experience it would be. :)
Our trip started with a layover in London which was great because it gave us the time to meet up with Alex's parents. That evening we said our goodbyes as his parents dropped us off at Heathrow airport but when we got to the ticket countert we heard that our flight had been delayed not just for a few hours but for TWO days. Thankfully, after much "chatting" with one of the airline attendants we got to leave that night on another flight. Our actual time in Kolkata was AMAZING! I left in love with the people and overwhelmed by the amazing work of love people were doing there. But as with every trip, the time came to come back home. That's when the adventure began.
I will spare you the details for another time because the story is epic but our flight back to London, which was supposed to take 11 hours, ended up taking 24 hours!!! Yes, TWENTY FOUR hours in a Bowing 747 that was so old it was plastered with flowery wallpaper, no individual tv screens (instead they kindly provided you with old computer type 'television' screens that had a lovely green tint to them) AND the screens were located every 30 isles or so which would later provide us with Bollywood hits. The trip seemed unending. No, really, believe me when I say, it felt like FOR-EH-VAH!!!
Have you ever been in one of those for-eh-vah situations? Maybe you're there right now. Maybe you feel stuck in a place with a revolving door without an exit. Maybe your rotten situation wreaks forever rather than temporary.
Yeah, I've been there too. Many of the pains caused by this temporary life of ours have a way of giving us the sense that they will never end. You lost your job and 8 months later you're still looking for a new one. Or maybe you lost a loved one and the pain has broken your spirit so much that the mending seems like it will never happen.
I think of Job and wonder how he felt while he was going through his dilemma. Have you heard of Job? The dude in the Bible that got stricken by sickness and lost everything and by everything I really mean EVERYTHING! He lost all his 10 children, all his wealth and possessions and even all his friends because lets be honest, the ones that stuck around weren't really friends, they were more like the downers of life we all despise in our greatest time of need.
How do you make it through your 'forever' situations? The reality is that in the midst of these moments we are often unable to distinguish its ending. We hope, we wish and we desire for there to be an end but when things get worse the ending line seems to get further and further away and with it goes our aspiration of one day seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Our view is often blocked by tears, broken hearts, dreams and failed attempts.
I don't like these moments. I like the idea of FO-EH-VAH when it relates to all things beautiful like summers, beach days, love, health, vacations...you get my point. I've been listening to this song lately that brought about today's thoughts. The reality is that in this life we will encounter some of these unpleasant forever moments but here's the thing, sooner or later, the day will come when "tears will dry, hearts will mend, scars will heal and you will dance again."
So what do you do when you're in the middle of your 'forever' moment? Sometimes you let tears out...cause you just gotta! Sometimes you let out a scream or two of frustration. Other times you seek that friend or mentor that will walk this journey with you. And perhaps you also find a way of redirecting your unfortunate forever moment into a positive action...all while you wait, with dancing shoes on, so you're ready when the music begins to play again.
But maybe you're all cried out, screamed out and still, no music. No dance. So what to do? I think of Psalm 51:8-10:
“Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing. Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health. God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.”
I pray that as you go through your "forever" moment God will bring about the genesis of a new joy, a bigger blessing, and a new beautiful song to dance to.
So what are you waiting for? Go put your dancing shoes on cause your forever WILL end and you will dance again!