May 24, 2011

Tragedy + God

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." John 14:1-3

via my cousin's fiance -- Dallas storm 5/24/11

In light of all these tornadoes and worldly disasters we've all been hearing about, or worse, experiencing, I thought I'd write about coping and getting through these really tough situations.

I can't imagine having my hometown wiped out, plowed to nothing. I can't imagine going through an earthquake and an Tsunami. Or getting shot in the head at point blank range. None of these things were elicited by the people who went through them. They just happen.

I was on Gawker yesterday and read about the man who believed the world was ending on Saturday. First, we all know, as Christians, that we'll never know when the rapture will commence, so there's no use in following someone who believe he knows. But someone posted a comment that said something along the lines of doubting God. They explained that they were having a hard time believing in God when he "lets evil people like the man who spread" propaganda, who essentially stole people's money for advertising, and let's good people get sucked into it.

I hope everyone knows this, but God isn't going to stop worldly transgressions and disasters from happening. God is not of the world; God is real and subsequently, so is evil. That is how we know He is so great, because he provides us favor, peace and forgiveness when we need it against the evil going on around us. God offers us refuge for these things, and gives us guidance to properly overcome them. It doesn't mean life is dandy, that there is never going to be terror, heartbreak, confusion, anxiety and no problems of any kind. And you've heard it a thousand times, but it's what makes us stronger. Having trouble blooming where you're planted? Can't find a job? Feel lonely? Suck it up. Get up early the next morning, pray to God for things you need help with, and live an excellent life. David woke up early the day he took down Goliath. Jesus would wake up early to pray out of habit. That's how he rolled. And when you take the time to pray for things you care about: people (your parents, your girlfriend, your future husband) or habits (quitting smoking, managing your debt, easing your worries), or anything for that matter, God hears them (the best part) and you get to live the rest of your day feeling at peace, knowing you had time with God that morning to guide your path.

This is what makes faith so sweet: when you go through terrible or what may seem like torturous things, you are able to be resilient over them because you have a calmness, knowing that God is going to get you through it as a stronger person. 

I don't envy what a lot of the world as gone through, and I really feel blessed nothing serious has happened to myself, friends or family. But keep the faith even in the most turbulent of times. If you give up faith during the lowest of lows, how are you supposed to be blessed during the highest of highs? 

The world isn't free of tragedy, but we are free from it with faith!

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