The Unsquashable Life: A pondering by Holly Woodbridge
Do you ever get that squashed feeling? That feeling where you have been squeezed and emptied and no one seems to even notice. You might even take a couple days for a pity party! Then you shift your eyes from the magnifying mirror and put them back where they belong – on Jesus. He shoots some God-size reality at you and truth looks you right in the eyes. You are His. You cannot be squashed! You can grieve, or despair for a time. You may be taken for granted, mocked, persecuted, even killed, BUT you cannot be squashed. How can that be? Well, ponder this truth….
2 Corinthians 4: 7 But this precious treasure—this light and power that now shine within us-is held in a perishable container, that is, in our weak bodies. Everyone can see that the glorious power within must be from God and is not our own.
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. 9 We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. 10 These bodies of ours are constantly facing death just as Jesus did; so it is clear to all that it is only the living Christ within who keeps us safe…
16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our inner strength in the Lord is growing every day. 17 These troubles and sufferings of ours are, after all, quite small and won’t last very long. Yet this short time of distress will result in God’s richest blessing upon us forever and ever!
Growing up, when I would get feeling sorry for myself or even angry, my mom would listen to my rant quietly and then say, “Holly, you have 30 minutes to get over it.”
My 95 year-old mom is not able to communicate very much anymore, but I know where she got it from. God says pretty much the same thing. It doesn’t matter what I am feeling as much as what the truth is, and the truth is I am unsquashable. And if I sit with this truth long enough, it changes how I feel. So, if you are feeling a little squashed today, remember it’s a feeling. You are unsquashable. God told me so.