I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8
If most of us were honest with ourselves, we would admit to having the habit of going through the motions of life more often than not. Days turn into weeks...weeks turn into months and then out of nowhere, we have that occasional "light bulb" moment. We gain a new perspective at life and then strive to do better, only to find ourselves back in the place of just going through the motions. It takes great strength to live life. We aren't promised that the ups and downs will stop. One day we could be on an all time high and the very next day we've lost someone very dear to us, or we get a phone call from the school about our child's behavior and in floods the worries and the cares of life.
Just the other day, I was reading in Ecclesiastes about the vanity of life. As depressing as that sounds, it gave me a new and fresh perspective about my life. Matter of fact, it was very sobering to read. King Solomon had everything he could ever want and more. In the end-- he knew that nothing could satisfy him, EXCEPT God! Even wisdom did not satisfy him and King Solomon was the wisest man on the earth. At the very end of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 12 He writes, "Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is meaningless!" Why? Because without God, this up and down thing would be so exhausting and meaningless.
See, life isn't all bad. There are so many gifts and blessings that come our way. Just breathing and waking up each morning is a miracle.
The point that I want to make is this:
If we will keep our eyes focused on the Lord at all times...acknowledging He is right beside us every step of the way, we will not be shaken when faced with all of the many surprises along the way.