I was at the mall shopping with the granddaughters, Avery who is 6 and Haley who is 4 on Saturday for a few hours and the girls needed a break. Okay, Pawpaw needed a break. So we found a place to sit down near some fitting rooms that had a couch and a long table. The girls quickly tired of the couch and sat on the table. Before I knew it they were on their backs looking up at me giggling and laughing. “Oh no!” Avery said, “Everything is upside down!” This was quickly repeated by her little sister Haley. “Oh no! Everything is upside down!” More giggling and laughter followed. The girls were impressed and amused for several minutes by a world that they had been able to turn upside down.
Later that day I reflected on the phrase Avery used about “Everything being turned upside down” and it reminded me of the expression used to bring an accusation against Paul and Silas in Acts chapter 17. Paul and Silas proclaimed the gospel, and some received the message with readiness and placed their faith in Christ while others reacted with rowdiness and stirred up trouble for Paul and Silas. Those who rejected the message brought by Paul and Silas, saw them as trying to turn all things upside down. The truth is that they were proclaiming that God has sent His Son so that He can make our world right side up again. Christ desires to bring all things back to the right perspective, to reconcile us unto God through the forgiveness of our sins. He desires to place us in a right relationship with God the Father. He desires to help us have the right perspective, the right motives, the right intentions, and the right compassion toward others. He wants to help us walk in the right way in a world where things can sometimes seem so upside down.