Prodigal: Do you have a rubber band that I can use?
Me: No, but I can talk about a rubber band.
This is from the book Believe and Rejoice by James P. Gills, M.D.
Let’s look at a rubber band. It is either at ease or stretched. And if it is stretched too tightly, it can break. We frequently are like a stretched rubber band. We are at the breaking point because we are busy trying to do things by our own power. And when we are trying to be in control, basically we are caught up in the sin of selfishness. At that point we are stretched and tense like an over-extended rubber band. We are not a peace, and we do not have the joy that comes from a relationship with God. We are acting like three year olds who want to do it all by themselves. And just as parents often do, God will let us fall to teach us that we need His help.
We have set ourselves on the things of this world. It starts small but then it brings us to a place where we are miserable and fighting all the time. We feel stressed and we start verbally being aggressive with others. We look everywhere and go to everyone. They do not help. We need to look up, we need to return to the Lord. We need to let go of our control. Only then will God enter into the picture and help us out.
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.
Jennifer Van Allen