There are moments and seasons in life that cause us to lose focus - or just utterly freak out! Whether it is through crisis and loss - if you are anything like me - there is a tendency to respond initially with anxiety and worry. The question on my mind this week has been, “What would it take for me to respond with anticipation, rather than anxiety?” I think it comes down to one simple thing…
Adversities have the potential to make us better, or bitter. It is up to us to decide what we want the results of our adversities to be. If we will refuse to become bitter, we can become better.
Have you ever been in a challenging situation? It’s one thing when I know it’s my choices that have got me to this place. But what about those times when challenges happen that outside of our control? How do we deal with that? I want to look into the life of Joseph, and see what lessons we can learn from some of his most challenging moments in life.
One theme that runs throughout the scriptures is… “Trust Me.” That is our message from God. When I started flying lessons my instructor asked me, “Larry, do you trust me?” Of course I said yes. “But do you trust me enough to believe that there is no situation that you can get this aircraft into that I cannot get it out of?” I had to think on that a minute. I had to trust him enough to believe that he was not going to let anything bad happen.
The place for a human being to thrive is in the presence of adversity, not in the absence of adversity. I don’t like adversity any more than you, but it seems necessary in order for us humans to thrive.
I’m convinced that God is present and involved in our lives. He is present even when He seems deaf, out of town, or on leave of absence. God is present even when He doesn’t seem to show up.
Maybe one of the reasons we humans in general and we Christians included have such a hard time dealing with the tragedies of our lives is that we feel like God owes us something. I reread something recently and did a double take to see if someone had added a phrase to my Bible. It is found at the end of Hebrews 11, the great faith chapter...
Job never knew why. In my study Bible the commentary introducing the book of Job says, “Job is the hero of the book which bears his name.” I’m pretty sure, after having read the book, that there were times that Job didn’t feel very much like a hero. The whole premise of the book is that good, upright, men and women sometimes have to deal with severe and unexplainable (from a human viewpoint) sorrows.
So, having re-read last week’s blog I ask myself, “What am I suggesting?” Am I suggesting that God is uncaring or unconcerned about His sons and daughters, or even worse that He is having a big laugh at my anger, grief, and pain? No, it doesn’t feel right to feel that way…then or now. But I am ready to admit that I might have wondered about it. I certainly asked, WHY?
At first I added to the title “…To Good People.” I changed it because I’m not convinced that any of us are good enough to assure that nothing bad ever happens to us. Still, it sometimes seems like some of us are “snakebit,” and that nothing but bad things can ever happen in our lives.