Last Wednesday I fell into an issue. We were leaving our house to take the dogs for a walk. I locked the door and turned to step off the porch. What I failed to notice was my foot was tangled in the tie out for the dogs. Aided by a madly pulling dog, I preceded to dive forward off the porch and land face first on the sidewalk.
After wiping up blood and deciding that except for a couple of splits on my nose nothing was broken, I had time to reflect on why this happened.
I am not referring to the fact I could have been more careful. I am not pointing to how we need to train Driver to avoid trying to desocket my arm. I am not even admitting that a person of my age needs to take precautions when I put myself into potentially lethal activities–like walking a dog.
I am really asking the question “God, why did this happen?” Like so may other things we have experienced this year, I am tempted to respectfully question God as to why he is allowing our lives to go as they are.
I have heard, “Well. It could be worse.” I wondered why God is not helping us in a different way. I think back to the days when life seemed so much less of a challenge and wish to be back in those times.
Then I am reminded about a few passages from the Bible. I can attempt to set right what is going wrong in my life. But first I need to turn towards God’s Word and make sure I am living out my life according to his guideline–not out of fear of what will happen if I am falling short. Rather as a response for all he has done for me.
Specifically, if I focus on how much worse things could be, do I ignore how God is carrying us in his arms? (Psalm 33) Do I miss the blessings I have because I am so focused on how bad things could have been?
The time I spend wondering what God’s plans are for us and how much differently I would do things, can better be spent recognizing how wonderful it is that he is in control. He is the only God. He is the almighty One. As he reminded Job: Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! And I think sometimes that I am in control!
As I long for untroubled days of the past do I forget the total picture of that time of my life? Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Ps. 90:10.
But the bottom line, the Truth that needs to be my focus through all of this is something I rejoiced so loudly about just a couple of weeks ago. Whether I am in good times or bad; whether or not I can clearly see the path of my life, even with a bruised and split open nose, this remains: He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 90:10. like to
I need to trust in God’s grace his so nothing makes me doubt no matter where I may fall. I think Martin Luther, the Lutheran reformer understood that when he said Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.
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