Anger is a normal reaction to pain.
Pain affects us mentally, emotionally, and physically.
So why are we angry?
Mostly because we ask why me? Why does God allow pain?
We are not going to fully understand why and to stay angry will only hurt more.
There comes a point when we have to make peace with the fact we live with pain.
Shaking our fist at God should not last forever. Because he knows there will be pain and gives us numerous words of comfort.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
When no one else gets it, God does. He says he is close to us when we’re hurting.
The only way to stop being angry is to accept and believe.
When you do, watch what happens. Because the same God who has allowed pain in this world, is the same one who is near to us.
You don’t believe in God?
Then who are you angry with?
Let God help you.
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God is very aware of the difficulties we face here. We often ask why he doesn’t change it. Or why he created things the way he did to begin with.
I don’t know. But I do know he promises to help us, comfort us, and strengthen us.
It isn’t until you face something horrific that you discover this truth. Because there are certain things in life when we are so alone in our pain and no other person can completely help us.
When we turn to God, he is there.
It is possible to not be overtaken by our suffering. But you have to believe.
Some people turn away from God and that is their choice. It is understandable but you cannot stay there because you are turning away from your only source of help.
God gives us the freedom to choose. He doesn’t force us. In fact, he doesn’t even get angry if we turn away. It actually hurts him that we wouldn’t trust him.
It seems difficult to believe in someone we do not see. But if you will believe, he will do the rest.
It doesn’t mean you are not changed by the pain or loss. It doesn’t mean you cannot remember and feel sadness.
It means joy finds its way into your life again. Because you know that one day, God will make things right.
See my beautiful tulips?
And my fragrant white and pink peonies?
And here is my pride and joy – forsythia.
You don’t see them? I don’t either. Not yet. But they are there. Because without fail, every spring, this little garden spot is alive with wonderful colors and textures.
Underneath the frozen ground is life waiting to be born. A blanket of snow covers and protects the earth as it sleeps. And spring never disappoints. It is always faithful, giving us a glimpse of how God works.
Is there something in you waiting to be born? Has winter gone on so long it has frozen your heart to believing it can get better?
There is a truth that stands no matter if we believe it or not. God is good. He doesn’t think like we do. Months turn into years and we wonder, when?
Time and time again I have seen God take the worst of situations and make something good out of it.
Photo Credit: Kathy Moulton
See this sunflower? It is 7 feet tall. A random seed fell from the bird feeder last winter and it took root in the spring.
See this sunflower?
It’s 7 inches tall. A seed fell from the same bird feeder. It took root, too. In the crack of the patio stone. Hindered, but nevertheless, significant!
And before it bloomed, someone stepped on it and injured the stem – thinking it was a useless weed.
Yet, it survived the injury and bloomed.
Have you been stepped on?
Injured by the carelessness of someone’s words or actions?
God speaks to us through creation, showing us that injuries, whether physical or emotional, can be overcome.
That means, how you feel isn’t always an indication of what is true. Feelings can overpower us.
That means, how things look isn’t always an indication of what is permanent. Things can change for the better.
Things can change. Things will change.
Wait for it.
Underneath this icy patch are bright yellow tulips.
To the left and right of the stone path, hidden beneath, lies daisies, aster, hydrangea, bee balm, and upright phlox.
Sometimes, things in life look messy. There’s nothing about this muddy, slippery, barren scene that tells the onlooker what is waiting below. In 3 months there will be splashes of beauty calling to everyone – stop and look! And touch! And smell!
You don’t know what awaits you. Don’t give up.
Take a step back from the situation that’s bringing you distress.
And put it in proper perspective.
We think big – but we actually think very small.
He’s got the whole world in his hands.
Only then will you find peace of mind.
Photo courtesy: Harrison Schmitt
“The earth seen from Apollo 17”
How can you not have hope?