When bad things happen

I can’t sit here and say that I totally understand why bad things happen- national disasters, illness, death, heartache and pain. However I do seek to know my God…And I know He loves me with an everlasting love. I KNOW He is in control of all things, and He works all things out for the good.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

I live in a broken, fallen world. However, does that mean I cannot walk in the victory that Christ has already secured for me? Of course I can! I can choose to let the circumstances have work in my life. Even though my body is getting old, and my earth is groaning with birth pains. God is still active alive and working in the midst.

For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:22-23

I can walk in the fact that the Spirit intercedes on my behalf. That reassurance lets me know it’s ok to fall sometimes. It’s ok if I don’t do things perfectly. It lets me know that if and when I do fall, I can get back up each and every time. I can walk one step at a time. Some days I will feel like taking giant leaps, and then other days I will walk each step minute by minute.

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26

I can walk in authenticity…letting others in. I don’t have to put on a mask and fake like everything is ok. I found the definition of the greek word “hypocrite”..hypokrites, which means- play for actor stage player where mask to hide their true self. Exposure is no fun; however, true genuine work and healing can take place when there is realness. Infact, others that have walk the same journey can be of great comfort.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Cor. 1:3-4

I can continue on a journey of a transformed life. I can also know that I can find my resting place in Christ, a place where only He can minister to me. Sometimes, the simple question is, do I continue down the same path that leads to destruction, or do I run to the one who knows me like no other and let Him begin His healing work in me?

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:28

Like I mentioned in the beginning, I don’t totally have this all figured out. Recently, I had to walk through the final days of my step-dad, who was like a father to me. As almost two months have gone by, I am still walking through the process of it all. I am learning that it is just that… a process. The follow things I wrote were just that …me processing. I pray that if anyone else is going through a season of grief that this will point you in the direction of Christ and His love for you. I pray for you to take comfort in the simple fact that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the end. (Phil. 1:6) And, please seek help if need be. There are trusted friends, mentors, counselors that I am sure would love to walk this journey with you. If you let me know, I would love to be praying for you. There is power in prayer!

I found great comfort in this verse: 

For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:1

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