Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sixes and Sevens

Does this title make any sense to you? "Sixes and Sevens"? Maybe those from our little town of Mechanicsburg are the only ones that use it. If so, and you're not FROM "The Burg", you may not know what I mean.

You lose your job; a loved one passes away; somebody unjustly criticizes you; you get the flu; you're on a new job that you haven't learned yet. You're at "sixes and sevens". Nothing makes sense; you feel like staying in bed in the AM (might just be laziness, not "sixes and sevens"); you just feel like getting in the car and taking a "nothing" ride. You're at "sixes and sevens".

I mentioned in my first blog that I had lost my wife after 65 wonderful years together as man and wife (Dad and Mom; Grandpa and Grandma; Great- etc.) After that amount of time, the two of you think alike; finish each other's sentences; etc. You turn around and think she's right there in her chair. You might even say, "Do you remember..........", then realize. Oh...Sixes and sevens. Oh, I KNOW she's in a much better place than I (no offense John and Tonya), but she's not here. She's with the Lord, and who knows how much happiness she has now that was impossible for her with me.

Things just don't seem right. They're at "sixes and sevens". Some say, "You'll get over it".

Not so fast.

You do......... but not right away.

Well, what should a believer in Christ, such as I am, do about this? I should REST in Christ, I should accept the wonderful GRACE that I have already experienced from God, and move on.

I often quote a minister friend who told Jean and Me when our daughter of 47 years died in 2001: "You now have a hole in your heart. It will never go away, but over time, it will get smaller and smaller." You know, we found that to be true.

"God will not suffer you to be tested above what you are able, but will, with the testing, also provide a way of escape" (Loosely translated from I Cor. 10:13.)



Bobby said...

Great post, Grandpa. You are handling all of this quite well. All any of us can do is rest in God. Tragedy awaits around every corner; thus, we are always at sixes and sevens, whether we acknowledge it or not. Father Bill continually reminds us at church that being at sixes and sevens is God working on us. Take comfort that the pain or anguish that you feel is a clear indication that God has his hand on you.

Bobby said...

"Sixes and Sevens": Most likely, the term derives from a complicated dice game called "hazard." It is thought that the expression was originally "to set on cinque and sice" (from the French numerals for five and six). These are the riskiest numbers to shoot for (to "set on"), and anyone who tried for them was considered careless or confused.