Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thankful Thursdays {Trials and Sorrow}

We've all heard the phrase "Life's not fair!"
and it's usually coming from one of our kids
or maybe it's coming from our own mouths
{yikes!}
But why ISN'T life fair?
Why didn't God make everything so that we didn't have
to suffer?
Why didn't he love us enough so that we'd have an easy life
 where we didn't have to work, or hurt, or cry?




These are the questions I USED to ask, before I knew God.



When I was about 21 years old I was a very angry
young woman.
I was so angry that I turned that wrath towards God.
Or rather the myth that I thought God was.
In my mind, since God allowed his children to suffer
meant that God did not exist.
God, and the Bible, for that matter, were made up.
Figments of man's imaginantion.
This made me feel better inside.
I was no longer a sheep following along
the "myth".
But something oddly peculiar happened to me once I had
a kid.




You see, I was convinced that I was NOT going to perpetuate this myth unto an unsuspecting child.
I WAS NOT going to force religion onto a child, MY child.
I was NOT going to have her believe in made up
Gods and floods and commandments.




Of course there are rules and laws of the land that we must
follow. We need those to live.
....we need those to live...
Then the kid started asking questions.
Like who made the moon.
And the birds.
Who made me?
Aggghhh... to heck with it!!
In a moment of desperation and rebellion all at the same time I shouted up at the Heavens "God if you are real show yourself to me!"" And HE did.
Not in the same way He did, to say Moses, but He did.
You get my drift.
And things started to change for me.
Drastically.
What does this have to do with the topic you ask?
Well right in the middle of all this soul searching, I suffered and experienced sorrow.
A lot.
Did the sorrow and trials end because I formed a strong bond with God whom I now refer to as Heavenly Father?
No.
In fact they have gotten worse.
But I tell you what.
I now know what Joy is.
And Joy is FANTASTIC!
And  I now value LIFE more than ever.
And THAT is why He lets us suffer and go thru
trials.
To appreciate life.
And to identify JOY

Have a great weekend my friends :)



P.S. After hitting the publish post button, I realized that this seems like a rather simplistic way of looking at things. I assure you I am not putting aside the atonement of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Not in the least. It is because of Him that I now experience Joy. There. I had to clear that up. :)

2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this amazing post! You have a wonderful way of expressing meaningful thoughts and feelings.

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