Tell everyone who is discouraged, be strong and don't be afraid! God is coming to your rescue!
~ Isaiah 35:4
One of the most difficult things to understand is when we face challenges that we simply have no control over. Years ago I watched several friends who were seeking treatment for a particular kind of cancer go through some amazing treatments, only to be cancer free, but then die of an opportunistic bacteria that invaded when their weakened immune system and they died. It was a struggle to watch, especially when they thought the worst was behind them.
It's very easy to let things become overwhelming when you find that what you had hoped for doesn't seem to evolve the way that you had wanted, or even prayed to receive.
I'm not able to understand why some things just happen this way. I used to think that I would have a list of things that I would ask God when I arrived in heaven. Somehow thinking that I would have the opportunity to have a face to face with the great Creator of ALL things and for me to ask, "On this day, why didn't YOU do THIS?"
But we do things like that. I don't know if it is some way for us to understand why it is that something happens, or if, there is some way that we are holding God responsible for when things don't go the way that we had hoped.
The human condition is sometimes just what it sounds like, "conditional." We live in an imperfect world and we make poor choices at times. When it comes to our health, where we live, and even who we hang out with. For every decision we make, there are often options. It's just the way that the world exists. Some how we must be the living Christ for others in this existence, while striving to understand when our own life situations may not turn out the way that we hoped.
I don't want to say that it totally depends on God, but our dependence on God helps us when things don't work out. So often we are quick to say that "It was just God's plan." It's an easy response to a much bigger picture that often we look at with limited vision.
Praying that each day we find ways to include God in all moments of our lives. Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear God, help me to understand all the plans that You may have for me, and why my hopes are different than Yours, help me to find peace. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.