I once heard a preacher say, “There is an old German proverb that says, ‘The main thing must always remain the main thing.'”
Makes good sense to me.
However, what happens when the main thing goes away? We may very well want the main thing to remain. We don’t want to lose it. We cherish it above all else. Yet…there it goes…
…a relationship dries up.
…a business folds up.
…a skill shrivels up.
…one’s drive gives up.
…one’s appearance ages up.
…one’s health withers up.
What then? One or more of these often form the very foundation of the “main thing” for many people. Yet, each of them runs the very real potential of “going away.” It’s at times like these that we really start to understand phrases like…life just tossed me a curveball and it feels like the roof just caved in.
The expression, “I have a heavy heart,” takes on all new meaning because you literally feel like a stack of bricks is lying on your chest.
When you say, “It seems like I’m living in a dream world,” you mean it because to you life literally looks foggy on the edges.
The questions then are these:
- What can really be the main thing?
- What won’t ever go away?
- What is there for us to cling that by its very nature will forever be a firm foundation?
Answer these correctly and adversity receives a whole new look.