This weekend was a plethora of emotions.

Excitement and hope as a new season begins.
Grief at the loss of a childhood friend.
Disbelief as we mourned Kobe.
Sadness at the news a friend’s marriage was ending.
Uncertainty as a season ended.

Sometimes life is fun, unpredictable, sorrowful, thrilling, peaceful, hectic, and scary all at the same time. But in the midst of craziness that is life, this truth remains:

“The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned, King forever. The Lord gives his people strength; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭29:10-11‬ ‭CSB‬‬

God sits above our circumstances. He is enthroned above our heartaches, our fears, our sorrow, our mistakes, our disappointment. From His throne flows strength and peace to His children as we walk through this earth.

This is good news. But here is even better news. We, Christians, are seated in heavenly places with Him.

“He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus,”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:6‬ ‭CSB‬‬

We too are sitting in heavenly places far above EVERY ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every name named (cancer, lack, sickness, pain, disappointment, fear, sorrow, death). We have authority over our circumstances. We have authority over our emotions. Strength and peace flows toward us.

So what does this mean?

We grieve with joy. Our sorrow is co-mingled with peace. In our disbelief we believe we will see the goodness of God. Hope reigns over hopelessness. We keep our eyes on God who is enthroned above the flood waters of this life, and we walk forward with hope, with peace, with strength in power.