Jesus answered, "You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand."
~ John 13: 7
Have you ever wondered why you are experiencing something bad in your life? In the movie "Bruce Almighty" there is a scene where the main character demands that God "smite him."
He also remarks that "God is a mean kid with a magnifying glass."
I know folks who believe that God is just sitting back and waiting for them to mess up so God can punish them.
I often wonder who taught these folks to believe that God is like this?
I remember walking out of the doctor's office one day and a lady remarked that my having cancer was just part of God's plan.
I totally lost it with her. I looked at her and said, "God should have hit me with a bus. It would have been quicker, cheaper, and my kids would have had a better story to tell others about how I died."
God does not make us victims. God does not give us cancer. God doesn't sit back and wait to punish us. God makes us survivors so that we can live to tell others of what wonders God has done.
We struggle when bad things happen. When you think about it, bad things happen because the world that God created is no longer perfect. God made it, and claimed that it was good, but over time we have simply messed it up with the choices we have made.
God gets the blame for many things, and frankly God has big shoulders, however, if we were truthful, much of what we experience we do to ourselves.
The blame game is not God's game, it's ours, however, God is there when things do happen.
Hoping that today we may all see clearly the right path for us to take that is full of God's blessings, not another reason to blame God for something we have done, or when something bad happens to us or someone we know.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, when difficult times, or bad things happen, help me to turn to You for understanding. Sometimes, Lord, there are no answers. Help me to understand the silence when I ask, "Why?" Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.