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July 6, 2011

When Your Life Feels Like a Game of Jenga

by Justin Williams
Jenga

Sometimes life feels like a game of Jenga, (*During the game, players take turns to remove a block from a tower and balance it on top, creating a taller and increasingly unstable structure as the game progresses.) and just when you think you are really starting to get everything together, it all falls apart.  Now we can get really discouraged about this, or we can ask ourselves what is God trying to teach us from this.

At the end of this last year my family took a giant step of faith and relocated to the Kansas City area to help plant a church.  I had it all planned out, we would go and spend 3-5 years training and establishing this church in the bedroom community of Smithville, and after that we would adventure out and plant another church.  God didn’t like my plan, so He threw a wrench in the mix of it all, and for the past few months I have found myself constantly butting my head against a wall.  Discouragement and restlessness have consumed me, and I didn’t understand why everything was falling apart. I know God led us to Kansas City for a reason, and I am 100% certain that we were obedient to Him in coming here.  Unfortunately, His purpose for me being here, and my purpose for being here were two totally different things.  I was in it for the long haul, but after much prayer I feel God was getting me out of my comfort zone and preparing me for a ministry that would forever change my life, and the lives of those I would be ministering too.

Now, I can allow this to defeat me and bring me down, or I can rise above the occasion and allow God to build me back up.  That is the beautiful thing about the game of Jenga, when it all comes crashing down, you just pick up the pieces and put it all back together again.  It is in our weakness that God makes us stronger.

The song “Everything Falls” by Fee gave me a lot of hope during this difficult time, and no matter what your going through God is there.  I want to share the lyrics of this song because they really spoke to me, and hopefully they will encourage you.

You said, you’d never leave or forsake me
When you said, this life is gonna shake me
And you said, this world is gonna bring trouble on my soul
this I know

When everything falls apart
Your arms hold me together
When everything falls apart
You’re the only hope for this heart
When everything falls apart and my strength is gone
I find you mighty and strong you keep holding on, you keep holding on

When I see darkness all around me
When I see that tragedy has found me
I still believe your faithful arms will never let me go

Sorrow will last for the night, but hope is rising with the sun
(it’s rising with the sun) (John 16)
And there will be storms in this life, but I know you have overcome
You have overcome

Check out the music video at the bottom.

I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!

Have you ever felt like everything was falling apart?

What are some things in your life that you have found to be extremely difficult to overcome?

How have you overcome difficult times in your life where everything was falling apart?

Comment below.

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