Life can be unpredictable.
But if we look closely …
we will discover what is predictable.
Recently, a young couple and their baby were instantly killed when concrete debris fell from an overpass onto their vehicle.
But there have been similar stories when people have missed such a tragedy by seconds. Those people often say, “God was with me” or “God wasn’t done with me yet”. Wasn’t God with the family who was killed? Was he done with them?
Personally, I have questioned why God didn’t intercept my son’s death. Finally, I had to stop asking something I was never going to get an answer for. I concluded that God knew and that was enough.
Our questions are normal. But at the end of the day, there is something we are trusting in. We turn to drugs, alcohol, food, shopping, television, and more to help us cope. Understandable. But inside, we know these things are band-aids.
One day, a friend asked if she could come talk with me. She cried through a series of serious and tragic situations she was facing with her young adult children. The father was completely out of the picture.
There are no quick fixes with some situations. As a Christian, it’s not the time to say, “God loves you!” or any other scripture. Because that hurting person is not believing God loves him/her at all.
My friend’s life was like a boat in a vicious storm, ready to break into pieces. She was looking for safety.
After listening for some time, I said, “All I can tell you is this: the sun rises every morning and sets every night”.
This is a picture we can all relate to, no matter who you are or where you live. It is the picture of assurance – pointing us to the Creator of the universe – who is sovereign, infinite, all-knowing, and faithful.
Because there are some things we cannot explain with words.
All of us have experiences we build upon.
There are all kinds of stories of people who survived an accident or beat an illness. They are ecstatic. And they should be!
The frailty of life and imminent death becomes a reality.
In Christian churches, there’s a lot of good experiences and people give testimonies of answered prayer and how God came through.
But I’ve always wondered about those who didn’t get their prayer answered and how they think God did not come through.
When you’re sitting in front of the television or in a church service, and you hear how an individual’s life was spared from cancer or unscathed in an accident, and they attribute God with the credit, (e.g. “I guess God’s not done with me yet”), I can’t help but think of someone who did die and wonder, “Was God done with them? Why didn’t God want h/she to live?”
If we think “input-output” (I prayed, God answered), there’s got to be an answer both ways.
I am sincerely happy and inspired when individuals thank God for what he has done for them. I just want to know how to help people who feel left out.
Are you one of those people? I know how you feel. While I have much to be thankful for, there have been some real confusing and difficult areas that have left me disappointed and hurt. The only way I’ve been able to come to terms with the pain is to trust God with it.
You are not the first to hurt and you won’t be the last. Life is hard and we learn to look at it with optimism since life has some very wonderful moments, too. The only way you can have this outlook is knowing God sees the end from the beginning. It won’t last, only to have a positive outlook. It has to be based in something solid.
We either trust God. Or we don’t.
It takes time to develop trust. God knows this.
When you trust, you rest.
When we look out into the night sky, we are breathless at its beauty.
There is Someone over that magnificence. There has to be.
What if around the corner, everything will change?’
What if you could step into another dimension and see life very differently than you do right now?
Life is more than what you see.
Today may be grim with heartache and discouragement. You may be lonely and really believe no one cares.
Things are not always as they appear.
God has figured our sadness into the equation and knows you will smile again.
What if God has your concerns taken care of? And you just are not aware of it?
God is so great in his love, He continually places sure footing before our steps when things go wrong – even when we have messed up.
God doesn’t sit back like some of us do, just waiting for the ax to fall on someone. His mercy is so great and His compassion is so deep that He weeps over us.
When we focus on what God thinks about us, it changes our perspective.
Has a parent said or made you think no good will come of you?
Have you told yourself that you’re a failure because you failed?
These thoughts are not what God thinks.
He keeps guiding you in the right direction whether you think he does or not.
He is there.
When you’re hurting, you have to put the pain somewhere.
You many not be thinking in those terms, but we all cope in our own ways.
Why do you think so many people have addictions? And it’s not just drugs, alcohol, and sex. It’s food, over-the-counter medications, television, cell phones, social networks, exercise, and more.
Don’t confuse a healthy helping of activities that help you find fulfillment and peace. Some organizations like MADD are started by people who experienced pain.
But those things are still limited. When you lay your head on the pillow at the close of another day, where does your mind go? Is it peaceful? Or are the next day’s activities of whatever you are doing to ease the pain swirling around your head?
God has promised rest and peace for our souls. But we have to look at him for it. He’s always there waiting for you. In the midst of tragedy, he is the only one who can help you. When you believe that nothing goes unnoticed by God, that he is so near to you that he knows how many strands of hair you have, you will bring your pain to him.
You can survive even when pain tries to paralyze you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.