“When you have this very vanilla-type faith presentation, of everybody smiling like they just got their teeth cleaned? That’s not where real people live! Real people live with being Christians with cancer, Christians with AIDS, Christians coming back home with limbs missing from war, Christians being evicted and Christians losing their homes. If you don’t paint that picture too, then I think that you are misrepresenting what the faith really can look like. The faith is not always sunny days. If we don’t do that, then I think that we are selling the wrong message”
We all have had our share of ups and downs.
A million unanswered prayers, constant failures, unmet dreams, plans falling apart, feeling depressed and feeling not good enough for people, sicknesses that will never leave and you know it’s just a matter of time and you will say goodbye, people causing us pain, people treating you like garbage, having a smile on your face but with a broken heart inside…just losing it and not having a grip on life
You feel God’s being unfair, totally silent and unresponsive. You can’t help but to blame God… what kind of a Father sees a child’s pain and doesn’t act?
But then, can a loving father always save his child from every shit? Can you always be there for your child? No matter how much you wish to, can you always save your child from the grips of the Law?
Why trust an Omnipotent God who can’t save you from every shit?
Maybe same way we will fail to meet our own child’s every need no matter how much we try…Maybe same way the Omnipotent is unresponsive sometimes?
Maybe it’s because the Examiner is always silent during the test! And no matter how hard the test is, you have to figure out the answers yourself!
Maybe there are some things He leaves to us to battle on our own and claim our own victories over.
Maybe the strength and wisdom to carry on He will supply… But the battle we must fight ourselves till our last breathe.
Giving up is not an option God desires for you, but your choice to give up is not a guarantee that He will step in.
If you chose to hang yourself over a problem, He will not always come running to cut off the ropes.
Life is hard, so many things will not go well and would have nothing to do with God not loving you or cursing you. We just have to keep at it, keep pushing, keep fighting and keep getting up if we get knocked down…if we are are gonna win!
As for self-pity in the face of trials, it never gets us anywhere.
May it be well with our soul!
(c) Mark Gadogbe (McApple)