I was talking to a friend the other night. Actually, talking isn’t the right word, we were messaging back and forth. We were talking about some of the issues that each of us are facing. And “the topic” came up….
What would you have done if you sat there on January 1, 2018 and were able to look forward and see what this year would bring?
That’s a tough question. And when you’re dealing with medical conditions or problems, it’s often even tougher. I mean, let’s face it, if you knew that by driving from this point to that point on that particular day was going to result in an accident where someone got seriously hurt, you could take another route or stay home or something like that.
But you can’t do that with medical issues. You can’t “avoid” a problem that is already there. You have to deal with it as it comes.
So what would we have done?
Probably a couple of things:
- Slowed down the chaos that we as Americans seem to thrive on.
- Spent more time with God. Once again, that comes from the being too busy. We don’t spend enough time watching, listening to and talking with God.
Speaking of God, that gets to the heart of the question…..
How can you have faith in God when bad things happen?
People have written entire books on that subject. People have spent their entire academic career attempting to answer that question. I am not going to attempt to answer that question in this very short space, except to use one brief analogy.
If you are at all a history buff, or at least have a decent knowledge of WWII, then you know a couple of important dates:
- June 6, 1944 – that’s when the Allied forces attacked the Germans in an effort to turn the war around and to end the hostilities.
- May 8, 1945 – the date when Germany finally surrenders to the Allied forces and the war in Europe was over.
Why am I telling you that? Because I believe that in many ways, we are living in a time similar to that period from June of 1944 to May of 1945.
We know who’s going to win the war. We didn’t for the first while, but after a bit, the ultimate winner was a foregone conclusion. But that didn’t mean that there wasn’t pain, suffering and extreme difficulties in between.
Now let’s take that and move it to today. In the spiritual realm, we know that God is going to win the ultimate war. He has already paid the price and the end result is guaranteed. But that doesn’t mean that the fighting is done. That doesn’t mean that all evil, imperfection, disease and any other of the bad things that happen to good people are gone.
We are in a battle. We know we will, because we are on God’s side, win the final war. But we also know we need to push back against the dark. The world was perfect once, but Adam and Eve kind of blew that chance. It will be perfect again, but we aren’t at the end of the war yet.
So how can my faith remain strong? I was going to say, “In spite of….” what has happened, I still have faith. But that’s not really the right way to say what I feel.
Because I can see God’s hand throughout this past year in many ways, I have faith and I know that God is good (all the time).
Because I can see the impact that my Dad had on so many people through his 5 (yes, that is not a typo) battles with cancer, I know that God is good and that my Dad’s part in fighting the battle has impacted the lives of many and brought them to the safety that comes from believing in God.
My faith remains strong because my God is bigger than all of this and I know the end result.
We both agreed that if it weren’t for faith in a God who is bigger than all of “this,” the pushing back against the dark would be too much for any of us to do.
I hope you feel that way too.
And that’s how my faith remains strong.