Sometimes in life the worst of the worst likes to happen… why… who knows.
The bible tells us that in this life we will suffer, in this life there is pain, in this life things suck sometimes. but the Bible also tells us, there is hope for a better future, A God that is greater than our problems, and good that will come from any situation.
This Morning, our car got broken into here in this lovely city of Chicago and very important things were taken. Things the world wouldn’t find valuable or worth a lot of money, but what to my husband and I were priceless. A book bag full of our Bibles and journals. Manuel’s Bible was one given to him by a close friend from our YWAM base in Costa Rica. Our journals full of promises from the Lord and words of direction from the whole last year and memories and revelations of our magnificent God. Now we know that just because the paper isn’t there that yeah the promises still stay the same and the revelation doesn’t change… but to anyone, this would suck a lot… because well, we are human.
But as we sit and ponder how really CRAP-tacular this situation might be, we are angry, offended at feeling like we were violated, frustrated that we might not ever get that stuff back. We also choose to rejoice and be joyful and we choose to worship our all mighty God. Why? because even in the midst of the storm, our calm, cool and collected Jesus is still in the boat. Just because there is bad happening to many people right now, doesn’t mean Jesus isn’t in the boat. Even in the situation we HAVE to remember that God Is There. That something will show his Glory in all of this.
So we choose to worship, and we choose to keep our eyes above the waves and declare it is well with my soul. we choose to find Jesus in the middle of the storm because if our eyes are focused on Him, the storm doesn’t seem so big.
Sometimes the situation seems so big because sometimes there is more than just that one thing going on in life and we forget that in the many struggles and situations God is there. Sometimes there’s an accumulation of things going on and this is just the cherry on top. Sometimes we want to point fingers and blame God for the bad but what if instead we raise our hands and glorify him for the good. Thank him for being there because what do we all want when bad things happen? Someone to just be there. and well… here he is, right in the middle, planning miracles and orchestrating greatness. Modifying our character and restoring us to his likeness. EVEN WHEN IT HURTS.
So my lesson in this: I can’t blame myself for this oops. Even if I was the one who forgot to lock the door. I can choose to walk in frustration and anger, or I choose to let God’s omnipresent self be in the middle of this and choose to let God be glorified and even I can pray for the person who stole it, that he will read my words and revelations, my studies and struggles, he can instead of throw it away, read those bible’s and God can change his life! I today can choose also to be the same as yesterday or I can chose today to let God change my heart to look a little more like him today.
So even when it hurts… His love is sufficient. His PEACE surpasses all understanding and he will make all things work for the best of those who love him.
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.
“Who kept the sea inside its boundaries as it burst from the womb, I said, ‘This far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!’
Job 38:8, 11 NLT
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
Genesis 28:16-17 ESV