And the rug went bye-bye

Disappointment is a fact of life, it’s inevitable. It’s gonna happen sooner or later. And unfortunately, we have all dealt with it. Whether we have handled it well or handled it poorly, we have all had experience.

One of my favorite movies is The Count of Monte Cristo, the new version with James Caviezel. When he is giving the birthday toast to Albert, who turns out to be his son, he says, “Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.”

I absolutely love that part. It is so true! The storms are going to come, but what counts is how you handle yourself during the storm. You can scream and rage at the storm, cursing it, being bitter against it, and asking why the storm happened to you. You can ignore the storm, hide from it, pretend it never happened. Or you can face the storm, head on, dealing with it in strength and love. As he says in the movie, that’s what makes you a man.

That’s what makes you an adult. That’s what makes you a mature Christian. That’s what makes you someone who God can trust with larger issues.

What do you do when the rug gets pulled out from under you? You forgive the person who pulled it out. You pray for the person who pulled it out. You bless them and forgive them in Jesus Name. And even though the rug went bye-bye, you keep walking, just as if the rug was still there.