So many times I hear, if God really loved me, He wouldn’t allow xyz in my life. I truly get the sentiment there. I really do. How many of us haven’t felt that in our lives?
I can name a number of times where I have wondered, if God really loved me, why did He let me suffer so? My alcoholic father, the sexual abuse (not by my Dad, just to be clear), the verbal abuse, my cousin’s young death, my Grandma’s cancer and death at 49, and a million other times where life wanted to swallow me whole in the deep, dark, and dirty pain.
Life is hard. That is the simple truth. There will be times when it gets easier and there will be cycles where it is tough. If you have no plans on getting dirty in this life, you better brace yourself because I believe we all have muck and mire to fight through.
Why do we think we deserve to have a peaches and cream life? Are we really so full of ourselves that we think we can stomp our feet down here and demand what we want from God, The King of Kings? Are we smarter than God?
We’ve all seen our children have a meltdown over not getting what they want. Sometimes we wonder if they might need an exorcism, they are so overly dramatic about it. Do we give in? If we know what is good for them, we do not.
Why then should God give into us when we pitch a fit? Often, as adults our temper tantrums aren’t as outwardly noticeable as a young child’s. We may remove ourselves from a close relationship with the Lord. We pull away from Christian friends who might see what’s really going on with in us. And sometimes, we look heavenward, shake our fists, and scream, “Why Lord, why?”
You know what? God is big enough to hear it all. Sometimes, our human side needs to get those feelings out. When we’ve purged those angry thoughts and feelings, we can open ourselves up to hearing the Spirit again.
Because He loves you so much, He wants you to keep the line of communication open. Always. No matter how hurt or angry you might be.
If we never experienced pain, we would never have a need for God. The longing for a peaches and cream life, is a longing for our destiny of heaven. That’s where our hope and joy comes from! Remember that in times of pain! Someday, you will never feel pain again!
With out pain we would never grow or change. With out suffering, we would not have empathy.
Who am I to tell God what He should be doing with my life or anyone else’s? We cannot see all the pieces but God promises us that He works all things for good. Life is a living fractal and I believe someday, we will see that bigger picture and the puzzle pieces of it all will be clearly beautiful and perfect.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
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Updated 12/24/2010, August 8, 2011