Dr. Rebekah McCloud
My dad had two sisters who lived on the same street in Waycross, Georgia. My Aunt Lucy lived at the top of the hill and my Aunt Willie Lee (aka Ma Dear) lived at the bottom. Both had a swing on their front porch. Ma Dear was the fun aunt. We could get on her swing, rip, run, and make lots of noise at her house. But not at Aunt Lucy’s house. She was not having it. We could play in the yard, in the pecan trees, or under the house just as long as we did not mess with her chickens when they occasionally escaped the coop. Children were not allowed on her swing and noise was not allowed on her porch. The swing and the porch were for Ma Ada (my grandmother who was in her 90s), grown folks, and the preacher.
Most of the time, Aunt Lucy busied herself inside with housework and caring for Ma Ada. If we got too loud for her liking, she’d come out on the porch. We knew what time it was. She would say, “Yawl cut out some of this here racket. Alright now, don’t get to smelling yourself and show your behind. Baby, you ain’t got to act right. But watch out, you sho nuff don’t want to write that check. Don’t make no sense to get in trouble when you don’t have to. Make it make sense now. Yawl hear me?” We would follow with a chorus of “Yes Ma’am”. When she went back inside, down the hill we would run to Ma Dear’s house.
Question, when you look over your life, does everything make sense? Do you have it all together? Are you living your best life? My answers are no, no, and no … not yet, but it is coming; I am working on it. Many of us have gotten tangled up in some pure nonsense. I have more times than I care to admit. Many times it was not my nonsense but that of others. And, boy howdy, Becky, me, myself, and I would be in a pickle. Why? Becky leaned on her understanding. Becky tried to make sense of things. Becky decided how to resolve things. Becky tried to be in control. Becky tried to be a peace maker, a way maker, or a fixer. Of course, this makes no sense. Although Becky has many God-given talents, none of these are on the list. Thank God that he has Becky in the palm of his hand. Lord, I thank you. Thank you for making it make sense.
Jesus is the supreme peacemaker. Isaiah 9:6 says he is the prince of peace. The word peace is scattered throughout the Bible. It appears 429 times in the King James Version; 237 times in the old testament first appearing in Genesis 15:15. It appears 192 times in the New Testament first appearing in Matthew 10:13. In John 14:27, Jesus says to the disciples, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you.” Numbers 6:25 tells us that the Lord will give you peace and 1 Corinthians 7:15 says, “God has called you to peace.” Thank God for Jesus, the ultimate peacemaker. Thank you for making it make sense.
The Lord is the ultimate way maker. The Bible tells us that God will guide us forever (Psalm 48:14) and that He will guide us in a way we do not know (Isaiah 42:16). Isaiah 43:16 says the Lord is, “He who makes a way through the sea and a path through the mighty waters.” And, Habakkuk 1:5 in part says, “For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” The song, Way Maker by Sinach says, “Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness. My God, that is who you are.” Thank you Lord, for being a way maker. Thank you for making it make sense.
God is a fixer. Joel 2:25 says, God will restore you. He will give you back what was lost. Deuteronomy 30:3 echoes the same thought, “the Lord your God will restore everything you have lost.” Forget the former things, He is doing a new thing (Isaiah 43: 18-19). Isaiah 14:24 says in part, “As I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed so will it happen.” Isaiah 46:10 goes on to say, “I made known the end from the beginning, from ancient time, what is still to come.” Ephesians 1:11 reminds us that, “in him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.” Thank you Lord, for being a fixer. Thank you for making it make sense.
On our own, we may not be able to make anything make sense, but, God can. He has everything under control. We just need a little faith. If we get out of the mix of things and quit being like Becky, God will reveal the plans he has for us. We must stop leaning on our own understanding, trying to make sense of things, deciding how to resolve things, and trying to be in control. We are not peacemakers, way makers, or fixers. God is! No matter what is going on in our lives, we must remember that God is the one who makes all things make sense. For, “things which are impossible with men are possible with God,” (Luke 18:27).
I read a Facebook post that said, “Sometimes we just have to let things go. Breathe. Relax and trust God. Worrying won’t fix it, but trusting God will.” Thank you Lord for always making it make sense.