Saturday, June 2, 2012
What is meant for destruction can be turned for good
Tragedy has reared its ugliness at us the past few weeks and our community has been reeling from the passing of quite a few young people in a very short timeframe. One of those young people was a schoolmate of my youngest two children. Strange circumstances around a couple of them...the two closest to our family and autopsies are needing to be done on both. The young friend of my kids...sounds like it was bacterial meningitis. My instinct as to write "scary" after that last sentence...but no. God is bigger than meningitis... People will ask 'then why did this boy tragically lose his life' and I have to say that I do not know but, what I do know is God doesn't make bad things happen. He does take bad things and brings good from it. This angry God that religion preaches is not the true image of who God is. He is love; He corrects as a good parent should but what parent would punish their child by inflicting them with cancer or earthquakes or tsunamis or meningitis? God is just and merciful. He does not wish to destroy His creation. Jellybean has had, not a hard time grasping but, a hard time with M's death. It is a lot of an elementary student to take in...this is, after all, the second student in their school to pass away this year. Her heart's cry, desire and her prayer this week has been that M's parents would not blame God but they would find strength through God. That is what is happening. The funeral was today and M's dad stood in front of a church full of people proclaiming the goodness of God. Jellybean's face was full of brightness and joy as she heard from a friend of ours (who attended the funeral)the words of life and hope from the dad. No matter the turmoil stay grounded with roots that are strong and deep, an unshakeable pillar of your faith...know that God doesn't change an the midst of joys or tragedies...He will always remain the same just, merciful God who has no intention of making your life, or mine, miserable. Ww do a good enough job of that all on our own. This passed couple of weeks I have really learned (& the lesson seems to be a theme for the year): grab hold of the moments but don't let the moments grab hold of you. Treasure those precious moments, make simple moments precious but don't turn around and be consumed by a moment that doesn't really matter...chores not being done etc. I am not saying don't correct poor behavior in people; I am saying that you can correct a misdeed with the same love, justice and mercy as God has shown us. Correct without harshness, anger, etc. Don't dwell on things that don't matter...I think the book is called "Don't sweat the small stuff". That is my lesson for the first half of 2012 & I think I have gotten a good enough grasp on it that the second half can focus elsewhere.