You failed a test, you got laid off or fired, a loved one passed away, or something (or someone) you got your hopes up over ended up being a huge disappointment. Let’s face it, life just threw you a curve-ball. Now what? How would you react to it? Maybe a little something like this….
“If God loved me I would still have my job/ or have a job.”
“I’m going to be single for the rest of my life. Does God not want that kind of love for me?”
“Why couldn’t God prevent my parent from being sick?”
“Why me, God? Why do bad things always happen to me? I’m a good person!”
First of all, life isn’t supposed to be a walk through the flower patch, or tip-toe through the tulips. But that doesn’t stop us from wondering: why do bad things happen to us and the world?
We were born into a broken world. It all started WAY back in the beginning of man-kind. Sin separates us from God; human nature is distorted by sin. We simply cannot control this, but what we can control is how we react to life. You may feel so alone but you’re not alone in your crying out to God.
If you think that Christians don’t doubt God, think again. There are many cases where I’ve cried out to Him, asking: “God, are you really there and do you really love me?” It is hard to confide in a God that you can’t physically see. However, God has shown his love for me and His presence has been known over and over again. It may not have been a job or a boyfriend but it was a kind of peace that only God can give and was exactly what I needed. His whisper of: “My sweet daughter, you don’t need to worry, I have your back in this, my love. Trust me.” His word and Him allowing things to happen at the right time have also been a huge part of what keeps me going and wanting to seek Him.
Yes this world is falling apart, crappy things happen, but God’s love for us is sovereign and strong. Maybe in this moment you aren’t ready for what God is going to give you because He wants us to trust that He has our stories written. Those rough patches are only there to make us stronger people and shape us into the fighters He wants us to be. This life isn’t going to get any easier so us Christ followers will have to fight, but it will be so worth it because God has already won. Here is a beautiful piece C.S. Lewis wrote in his book Mere Christianity:
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
– C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
So, with that my dear friends, don’t think that just because life is hard doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love you or isn’t in control; He’s just shaping us into who we’re meant to be and He wants to have a relationship with us. It won’t be easy but trust me, it is so worth it. God’s plan is beautiful and His love is unconditional.
“Even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me,
I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night-
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.”
(Psalm 139:10-12, NLT)
I hope you all are doing well and I hope that you found this encouraging! Follow up to this post is in the works.