I’ll admit it. I am one of those individuals who has a television in the bedroom! Say it isn’t so! Well, yes tis true. While I am confessing, let me go farther. I also fall asleep to the television. Shocking! The caveat I’ll share is that its typically on the Hallmark channel, either tuned into The Golden Girls or if I’m being naughty, Frasier, which means I’ve stayed up way past my bedtime. This typically means that when I turn the television on in the morning to catch the news, I find I Love Lucy on the tube. The other morning while going through this ritual, I found one of the most classic episodes. It was the one of Lucy and Ethel working in the chocolate factory. Although this one always makes me laugh I found myself cracking up at the supervisor who kept yelling, “Let Her Roll,” referring to the conveyer belt. What made my insides hurt was the speed of the conveyer belt, coupled with the expectation that Lucy and Ethel were to maintain a pace and be successful to match the rapid movement of the belt. The simple act of “wrapping chocolate” became impossible. As I laughed, I reflected upon life and how occasionally it feels that God is sitting high and yelling, “Let Her Roll” with the expectation for me to handle what comes before me on the conveyer belt of life. Talk about life being like a box of chocolates!
Do you ever feel like God is sitting behind the control and bringing things faster to you than you can handle? If not, as the ancestors would say, “keep on living!” Surely we each come to a place whereby we are confronted with the rapidity of life and yet the expectation is to handle each and every encounter with faith and assurance that God’s got you. Where does this expectation come from? Well, check out Hebres 4:7-12:
If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!
What confirmation! We are not to rely on our own power nor strength! After all, it’s nothing without the infusion of God. When experiencing a “Let Her Roll” season, we can turn to God and know that he is perfecting us and what we gathered from the last trial has prepared us to endure the one that we are experiencing; furthermore, the current one is preparing us for the future one. As Lucy and Ethel were instructed to wrap each single piece of candy, we are instructed to wrap each trial in praise! Our trials are true markings of God’s faith in what he’s placed inside of us. His confidence in us through a “Let Her Roll” season is his consideration of us, akin to Job. No matter what the Lord allowed the enemy to bring before Job, he held fast to his faith, and worshipped!
The faster the trial, the more expedient the need and response for us to continue to give God glory! Our praise has the ability to overtake us so that we don’t look at every situation, but instead the totality of God’s love over our lives. As we walk out our faith, God entrusts us with trouble. When the heat is intensified, we must learn to count it all joy! He has not left us alone. Trials are used to get our attention. Trials are used to build our trust. Trials are used to build our character. Trials are used to demonstrate God’s faithfulness to nonbelievers, or those who need to be encouraged.
Here’s the thing. In 2015 we will experience the blessings of God. Yet, we will undoubtedly experience circumstances that we may not readily perceive as a blessing. However, might we consider trials as a blessing in disguise, you know like a piece of wrapped chocolate? God does not change! His “Let Her Roll” encompasses blessings as well as challenges, but in the end, the result is beneficial to us and it’s all for his glory! After this read, I have to share a final salacious truth…I don’t eat chocolate! I know, you’d almost forgiven me for having a television in the bedroom and now this. Shame. That being said, I may say No to chocolate, but to God, come what may, it’s still YES! Let Her Roll!