Ever since we moved to Oregon, I've known my life purpose was two-fold. First, I was supposed to help build Your Church. Second, I was supposed to raise awareness of the fact there is no Chick-Fil-A establishments in our beautiful state.
Since 1946, Oregonians have truly been wanderers. Sojourners in a chicken sandwichless desert. The old (and corny) Christian phrase comes to mind, "In this world, but not of it." We are what the great Jon Bon Jovi referred to as, "Living on a prayer."
Then, it happened. For a brief moment in the 1990s we experienced a wave of glory. A revival of the flightless bird. Chick-Fil-A opened 2 fine dining establishments in the Portland metro, only to be shuttered years later.
Am I obsessed with chicken sandwiches? Possibly. Is this blog going anywhere important?
I couldn't find a valid Scripture about chicken to tie it all in, but our dilemma here in Oregon sounds like a regular dilemma in life. You're promised a new job with great pay, you rent a new house with a unobstructed view of the sunset, or you get four freelance offers to set you up financially for the next year.
Then like a plague, everything that was supposed to work out, doesn't. Your new job features management that doesn't care about you. The new house is insulated by the finest mold cultures and is about to crumble on your head. The four clients who wanted to work with you suddenly back out by 10am the next morning. Chick-Fil-A closes its doors unannounced. Not sure about you, but this feels like my life recently.
Fortunately, there's an exception to the rule of life. The cheat code. The free coupon to life's chicken sandwich. It's found in 2 Corinthians 12:9:
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me."
There's another one, found in Luke 12:22:
“Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.”
And to make it a super combo value meal, one more in Psalm 55:22:
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
When life gets you down, the way to get around it is to cast your care on the One who cares about you. When you don't know how to sustain yourself, the One who cares about you wants to step in. It's as easy as a decision to stop worrying and give it over. Jesus isn't guaranteeing your life will suddenly be a blissful walk in the park, but I'm learning it sure is a whole lot better than worrying about it.
So, now what do we do after our cares have been cast?
Chill out. Watch the One who created the universe, the One who cares about blades of grass, and the One who cares about birds on land (that belong breaded between 2 buns and crisp pickles) work everything out for your good. Watch the things you worried about yesterday turn around for your good tomorrow.
*Chick-Fil-A is just over 21 days from opening their first of two new locations here in Portland. God really does work all things out for our good #chickfilapdx*
Eating Mor Chikin,