Listening to Pastor Doug’s sermon, “Keeping It Together… When It’s All Falling Apart,” I couldn’t help but think about my almost three-year-old grandson. This sweet little one is in the process of learning one of life’s on-going lessons - things don’t always go the way we would like them to.
Sooner or later we come smack up against the reality that difficult and unfair circumstances come to everyone - even Believers. When they do, we question why and then we react.
Our grandson tends to do what most of us do when life gets tough. He cries. Nothing wrong with that. As Pastor Doug pointed out, even Jesus wept.
The problem comes when we let our emotions take control. If the crying doesn’t get him what he wants, our grandson ratchets it up a bit throwing his whole little body into the effort to get his own way.
This method isn’t any more successful for him than allowing our emotions to spiral out of control is for us. The need to get things to go our way often leads to bitterness and anger. We question why bad or unjust things are happening. Then we look for someone to blame. Often, that someone is the Lord. In our bitterness and anger we fail to realize that the only person we’re hurting is - us.
We find restoration and hope by taking the focus off ourselves and our circumstances, forgiving those who may have hurt us and trusting in God’s promises and great love. Our circumstances may not change or be resolved in the way we had hoped, but we can trust in that love and know that our good God will do what is best.
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11