It’s interesting how different people deal with things differently…
Because of recent events, I haven’t wanted to write. I haven’t really wanted to talk. I haven’t really related to people in the way that I normally do…
The fact is that I haven’t related to myself in the way I normally would… times have been tough, and as they say “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going…” Now, that statement can be taken a number of different ways, but the way it is typically taken is that when bad things happen, the tough people work harder, they bear down, they work things out… It could also mean that when bad things happen, the tough just leave… That seems ridiculous and contradictory, but really the first explanation is equally ridiculous.
You see, when the bad strikes… when tragedy hits too close to home… we can’t just bear down and “soldier on” or “power through” or whatever other ridiculous thing we are told to do. You see, I believe (though admittedly I have hated this fact recently) God is in the business of using tragedy and pain for a greater good; our greater good and his greater good. If we just run rough-shot through the problems and the tragedies and the pain we fail to take the time to ask, “What is God doing here? What does he want me to learn? How does he want me to grow and respond?”
Those are easier questions to write here, than to actually live out, I realize… but difficulty doesn’t make something less true. Believe me, I have not wanted to ask these questions, because quite frankly I have not been in the mood to hear what God thinks about my current situation. I have been pretty upset with God. And that is in large part because I know that God is in control.
And yet, at the same time I see things everyday that remind me that his goodness and presence in my life are also tied to his authority, and that ultimately his plan includes the end of the bad and the pain… if we, if I can but wait upon him.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”