It would be so much easier, wouldn't it, if God did what we wanted Him to do in the way we think He should do it? If He would just listen to our suggestions, I mean prayers, and make things work out the way we would if we were him, life, at least our lives, would be so much better, wouldn't they?
But no, what does this God do? He allows us heartache and disease and loneliness and broken relationships at the worst time. Smack dab in the middle of life.
But maybe we should flip these things upside down and look at them from a different perspective.
Instead of cursing the pain and the darkness and the disease as something surely not allowed by God, but more as an annoyance or a punishment, maybe we need to look at these things as opportunities to see God more clearly and love him more dearly.
an amount of time or situation in which something can be done
a favorable juncture of circumstances
a good chance for advancement or progress
Maybe the loneliness or the disease or whatever circumstance you're in right now is the favorable juncture of circumstances to advance or progress in your relationship with the One who could stop it but doesn't.
We spend, at least I do anyway, a lot of time banging on doors that clearly are not going to open but we keep knocking, getting bloody knuckles and sore fists. But the same may be said of a door I may have bolted shut. God is on the other side, knocking in our hard stuff, wanting to come through the door and walk with us, but we are keeping Him locked out. We don't like the timing or the situation so we're just going to show God how much we disagree with His methods by shutting Him out!
Yeah, that will show Him!
Maybe we need to redefine the hard things in life. Instead of calling them pain or disease or brokenness or loneliness or simply crap, maybe we need to define them as
to see God and His ways, and ourselves, in an entirely different light.
If God is Opportunity knocking on the door, then wouldn't He be the first One we'd see when we opened the door?
Or maybe, just keep doing what we're doing. Whining and complaining about all He isn't doing or isn't fixing. Yeah, that's easier. Stick with that. It's what's comfortable and we know how to do that well.
God will keep knocking. Sooner is better to open that door than later. If you wait till later, it may be too late. The opportunities for growth may have passed and the growth you could have had when you opened the door sooner may come later, but you'll have a lot more missed opportunities in your way to sort through.
So, what opportunities are you facing right now? What challenges are you in now that have you wondering how in the world you will ever get through?
Open the door.
See, He's there on the other side! Let Him in.