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Spotlighting Gwendolyn from Serving Through Words...


We're starting something new with our ChristianWomen's Blog Hop.  Each WednesdayJennifer and I will be spotlighting articles that were submitted on the hop.  You can submit your Christian based articles by clicking HERE on our Blog Hop and adding your entry! We look forward to reading about your lives as Christian Women!

For today, I've chosen to spotlight Gwendolyn Gage ~ Serving Through Words. She adds some inspiring insight on a tough topic. I invite you to stop by her blog and leave a comment! Thanks Gwendolyn!


Where is God in the Midst of Tragedy?

I am constantly checking the traffic sources to my blog, looking to see what people have typed in searches before stumbling upon my ramblings.  One such search was "where is God in the midst of tragedy"?  My heart immediately went out to the person who typed that search.  Coincidentally, as I pondered writing a blog to answer this hard question, a friend told me that a member of her church passed away this weekend, leaving behind a husband and three children under the age of ten.  Please remember this family in your prayers.  I cannot imagine what they are going through.

So what was God thinking?  Was He taking a coffee break when tragedy struck this family?  Why did He allow cancer to suddenly take the life of a wife and mother of three small children?  Didn't He know that they needed her?  Why does He allow bad things to happen to good people?  God showed me the answer to this question in a profound way while I was writing the draft for my now completed novel, "For the Sake of One Lost".

For a moment, let's peek in on a conversation between God and a character we'll call "Sally".  Sally is standing before the throne of God Almighty, giving an account of her life on earth.

"What did you do with your time on earth, Sally?"

"Well, I started the Pancake House.  It was a very successful business.  Before I died, I was able to turn it into a franchise..."

"I'm not interested in the Pancake House.  I am interested in people.  What did you do to minister to others?"

"Well...I...I was a good boss.  I treated my employees and customers well.  I donated money to the church, charities...that kind of stuff."

"You've only mentioned things pertaining to business and money.  That's not what I wanted for you.  Why didn't you marry Danny and have a family?"

"That's kind of Your fault."

"How so?"

"You allowed Peter to die.  We had only been married a year.  Did You really expect me to get over his death and want to marry again and have children?  Why are You surprised that I threw myself into a life of business?"

"I'm not surprised, I'm disappointed.  That wasn't the life I wanted for you."

"Why did You allow Peter to die?  I could have had a family with him and been very happy!"

"But you also would have never started going back to church.  You wouldn't have given you're life to Jesus, and you'd be in hell right now.  Because of Peter's death, you started seeking Me."

"There had to be a way to get my attention without ruining my life."

"Sally, it did matter to Me that you were suffering.  In fact, I suffered with you when you lost Peter.  But I allowed it because I saw that your suffering would produce spiritual fruit, leading to salvation.  That was more important to Me than your happiness with Peter."

"So what about the children starving in Africa?  Are they suffering for the purpose of salvation and spiritual growth?  Come on!"

"Because of sin, life on earth is full of pain, hardship, heartache and death.  I never intended for my precious creation to be subjected to that.  It's breaks My heart."

"Well then fix it!  You're God!  You can take away the war, famine, poverty and disease!  Why do You let people live like that?"

"Yes, I could put a stop to it all right now.  And in fact, a day is coming when I will do it.  I will lift the curse of sin and renew the earth.  It will be paradise again.  But it cannot happen until every person who has ever lived has been judged according to their works, be they good or bad, and My Kingdom has descended to the earth.  I am a Holy God.  Though I love people, I cannot tolerate or excuse sin.  I cannot dwell among people until the sin is gone.

"By allowing life to continue as it is on the earth, I am being merciful to those who are still living on it.  With every day, I am giving them another chance.  I don't want anyone to be separated from Me for eternity in hell.  Hell wasn't created for people.  But at the same time, I won't interfere with their ability to choose to live apart from Me."

"Okay, so if the whole point of life is to accept Jesus so they can be with You for eternity, then why do you allow Christians to continue to suffer in a sin-cursed world after they invite Jesus into their lives?  Why didn't you take me to heaven as soon as I became a Christian?"

"If I took all of my children to heaven just as soon as they accepted Jesus, who would go and tell the others about Me?  I choose to minster to the world through My children.  I need them to remain on the earth to do a job for Me -- to spread the good news of the gospel to those lost, hurting and dying apart from Me -- not to live the life of their dreams."

Okay, we're back.  What did you think about that dialogue?  Yeah, it's sounds kind of gloomy and discouraging for life in this world, but the truth is, life in this world is gloomy and discouraging because of sin.  It truly breaks God's heart to see us suffering the effects of evil.  He never wanted that for us.  And yes, sometimes He will allow war, hunger, disease and death to touch His faithful servants for the sake of someone's relationship with Him and life in eternity.  Take the life of Job in the Bible, for example.  He was a righteous man, yet he lost his wealth, his children and his health as God allowed him to be tested.  And he was richly rewarded in this life,and in the one to come for his faithfulness to God in the midst of tragedy.

Psalms 34:18 tells us that God is close to the brokenhearted.  That He saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Verse 19 says, "A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all" (NIV).  1 Peter 5:7 says, "cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you".  So when you must weather the storms of life, take comfort in knowing that He's right there beside you and and that He cares about you.  Even when your emotions tell you otherwise.  You can't trust your emotions.  You must trust in His Word and faithfulness instead.

This life is brief, like a flower blooming and dying in a vase.  Whatever we had or didn't have in this life won't matter in eternity.  Whatever we experienced or didn't experience won't matter.  This is all that will matter: Did you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior?  What did you do with the talents and people God entrusted to you?  What did you do for the Kingdom of God?


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9 comments:

  1. What a great post Becky. I love your guest this week. As always so inspirational and motivating. Life is hard for some and that's when you seek God to walk you through the pain or anguish you may have. It's hard at times but all we can do is have Faith. Yes, Gwendolyn puts it very nicely.

    Thanks for sharing :)
    Barbara

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  2. Hi Becky! Thanks again for featuring my post this week. I pray that it blesses those that need encouragement in the midst of life's tough storms.

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  3. That was such a thought provoking post! Everyone dealing with tradegy should get the opportunity to read it.

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  4. Oh that really makes you think. Thanks for the post!

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  5. Becky, Thank you for choosing Gwendolyn for your guest post this week. It's a hard topic for many, but with faith we will get through even the toughest of times...

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  6. This is such a moving post. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. I agree with everyone, great post! New member & excited to be here!

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