There are days and seasons of life when we feel special and that our lives are different. Then come those concrete walls of realization that we find ourselves flung against. In an instance we realize that we’re no different from the guy next to us: easily and completely cut-off, fully and finally dismissed, silently and suddenly ignored, beaten up and pushed down.
The stilled night echoes the mantra of the mind that all is lost. The soul breaks within leaving you emptier than the Tin Man built without a heart. Your life and hopes and dreams disintegrate around you. The stubborn wall stands firm, unchanged, unfazed by the blunt pain of existence.
It doesn’t matter who we are, not one of us is immune to the rigors of life.
One man named Job experienced a day unlike any other. In one day his ten children were killed, he lost everything he valued, and was covered from head-to-toe with oozing sores. The only thing he was left with was a blisteringly negative wife and three accusing friends! Yet through the dark night of his soul, Job’s attitude stayed strong: “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10).
The only thing we can usually change about our circumstances is our attitude. We can understand that life isn’t fair, that good and bad things happen to everyone, and that God is still God no matter what happens to us.
The reason for Job’s problems is recorded for us in the Bible; but Job was left in the dark. He asked God ‘why’ but God’s answer was simply: if I tried to explain it all to you, you wouldn’t understand. And that’s true of you and me too.
People will fail us, turn against us, let us down, betray and hurt us. Circumstances will fly in directions that seem wildly uncontrolled. We’ll feel alone, abandoned, neglected, confused and even lost. In time, we may come to understand some of the ‘whys’, but in the meanwhile, we can always remember that God has a plan and purpose greater than our ability to understand. We can trust that All things work together for good, to them that love God and are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). That’s a soft pillow for the tired soul.
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