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A Dislocated Life Hurts

By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted February 13, 2006
Edgefielddaily.com columnist

All I tried to do was catch a volleyball one of the youth had thrown back to me. I guess I forgot the rule of always keep your eye on the ball because in the split moment I took my eye off the ball, it did its damage. The pain in my thumb forced me to look down but I knew I really didn’t want to because I knew I wouldn’t like what I saw.

There is was—my poor thumb actually touching the back of my wrist. My first thought was, “It’s not supposed to do that.” And my second thought was, “Owwwwww!” Those who say a dislocation hurts more than a break are exactly right. At that moment my entire body became a thumb; a dislocated thumb. For some unknown reason I reached down and instinctively popped it back in place—a really bad move—more pain—much more pain!

Over the course of the next few weeks, I came to realize just how much I depended upon my thumb. The splint was just inconvenient but necessary. The swelling and the pain got worse each time I tried to use it. Try buttoning your shirt without the use of your thumb. It’s tough!

I tell you this, to tell you this; many people walk around everyday with a dislocated life. What is a dislocated life? A dislocated life is one in which things are simply out of place. There is an intended order to life and if everything is to work properly it needs to be in its proper place. Take something and dislocate it and the potential for trouble and pain occurs.

Let me explain. Take your family for instance. As much as you may love them, they are meant to be your family and nothing more. Take your job, it is meant to be your job and nothing more. If your make your job your family or your family your job, well, you get the picture. Potential disaster happens. The only way for your family to fulfill your life is to put them in the “family spot” and your job in the “job spot.”

More heartache is caused by dislocating something in your life and then putting it where it doesn’t belong. If your job becomes your lover, then where does that leave your spouse? If your spouse becomes your job, then where is the joy of love.  If you become god, then where does that leave the Lord?

Last week we looked at placing the Lord on the throne of your life. The throne is that place in our lives from which all other aspects of our lives are ordered. Whoever sits on the throne orders your life. Your life is ordered according to the capabilities of the one sitting on the throne. Get the idea!

Imperfection sitting on the throne, no matter what or who that may be, will eventually get something out of place and the pain of dislocation occurs. You can only love your spouse properly if they are in the spouse spot; your children if they are in the children spot; your job if it is in the job spot; yourself if it is in the self spot. God has created enough room and a place for each aspect of our lives. But in order for everything to work together and for us to continue to move effectively, everything needs to be ordered. That’s where God comes in. Nothing else can offer you perfection in ordering your life except the Lord.

His plan for our lives includes ordering it for maximum joy, love, and effectiveness. If He can hang the stars and order the Universe so that it works, don’t you think He can order your life so that you can find the joy and love you need. All it takes is giving Him the throne and letting Him put the dislocations back in place. The hard part is not going in behind Him and making changes. The good thing is that He will always be there to rearrange our mess back to His will.

Isaiah 40:25-26: “To whom then will you liken Me that I would be his equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing.

Just think, the God who ordered the stars wants to order your life as well. Give Him the throne and let Him put it all together for you.




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