Recently a reader contacted me after having read one of my blog posts. In part she said, “Is God not cruel? I very much see God as cruel. He took the life of the only person in this world that loved me. My husband, by the way, was a very healthy man. Destroyed my life and now has made me sick. I have no money or insurance. This has been going on now for six years. Is that not cruel?
I jolted upright from a deep sleep to the sound of the phone breaking my slumber in the middle of the night.
“This is the alarm company. We’ve registered a forced entry and motion in the front room. We’ve dispatched the police.”
In a split second, everything you thought was safe and secure became vulnerable and alarming.
A fraction of a second is all it takes for your life to turn upside down.
Interestingly, a fraction of a second is not only how long it can take for an intruder to threaten your physical safety, but your mental and emotional safety as well…
Tears fell from my eyes as I hung up the phone from my physician. He was compassionate and kind, and I could tell he felt bad that there was only so much he could do to ease my pain and suffering while we searched for answers.
Friends had been texting, “Have you heard anything?” “What’s the latest?”
I sat for a moment blinking back the tears as my phone pinged to alert of another message coming in.
“I can’t handle any more,” I typed in response to a friend’s request for an update.
That’s just it. People, Christians included, often say that God won’t give you any more than you can handle, but that’s just not true. We’ve gotten it all wrong.
So often people want to live on the mountaintop. Don’t we all love the mountaintop experiences? They are fulfilling, and exciting, and joyful. But mountaintops are really for the view and for inspiration. Fruit doesn’t grow on the mountaintops. Fruit grows in the depth of the valleys. Are you going through a difficult time? Read more for encouragement.
Have you ever been assaulted by a whiplash of circumstances and more than anything needed peace to flood your soul?
That’s where I was.
In my quiet time, as I prayed, I sensed God saying, “Choose to look at the problems you face as opportunities to see me at work. Choose to view them as opportunities to trust me more.”
Little did I know I was walking into a lion’s den full of opportunity that day.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people show a lack of respect for others. It seems that in today’s society, social graces focus less on respecting others and more on a “me first” mentality. During my quiet time recently, I read from 1 Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect to everyone, love your Christian brothers and sisters, fear God and respect the king.” These tips are some of the ways I’m teaching my children to show respect to others.