Oh, Those Mysterious Ways
What happens when Christians are faced with the unknown? When life spins out of control and the things we've feared the most happen?
Death of a loved one.
A child in a downward spiral.
Loss of a job.
An addiction that consumes you.
A future of pain-filled days.
That diagnosis you most dreaded...
If you're like most, the first reaction is to freak out. Maybe cry. Get angry. Demand to know why. Proclaim the unfairness of it all. Possibly take it out on someone close to you, then later apologize.
It's understandable. You're human.
I love the Psalms, love the way David cries out all his frustrations to the God he sometimes thinks has abandoned him. He whines, begs, yells and sometimes even accuses, yet by the end of his song he's praising the One he knows he can trust above all.
And he was called "a man after God's own heart." The name David even means "Beloved."
Don't let the enemy make you feel guilty or ashamed for any of the emotions you feel, or for any of the stages or phases you go through in your trials. He's the accuser, remember? And the king of lies. He seeks to kill and destroy God's kids, and if he can do that by making us feel "less than," ineffective as Christians, you can bet that's how he's going to attack.
The Lord created us and He is never surprised when we act/feel/think the way we do. In fact, I'm pretty sure He expects it. But you can bet He's filled with righteous pride and immense joy when we finally take that deep breath, refocus our thoughts, and, like David, end our time of wailing and railing by offering praise for the One who holds us in His very capable hands.
Be blessed, brothers and sisters.
"They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy." Psalm 65:8