Life is not a series of random, freak accidents. Life is not totally unplanned. Life is not without meaning. Life knows what’s going on. Life is weaving the tapestry, and it has light and dark threads — happy and sad times — to give richness and texture and color to your life. Nothing can come into your life without being filtered first by god.
Don’t misunderstand. I am not saying that everything that happens to you in life is God’s perfect will, is perfect harmony and happiness. That’s just not true. There are a lot of things that are not okay- If you go out and hurt someone deliberately, that’s not life’s way. If somebody harms you, that’s not God’s perfect will.
But life does have a permissive will. If I go out and I overeat, I pay the consequences. If I go out and wreck my body, I pay the consequences. Life does not cause evil and God does not cause suffering. But they are allowed because they have a purpose-
Life is an expert at bringing good out of bad.
Life loves to turn crucifixions into resurrections. The things you wish were most removed from your life are often the very things that Life is using to shape you and make you into the person it needs you to be. Life wants to use that problem for good. There’s something more important than your pain. It’s what you’re learning from that pain.
So what’s the key? What’s our response? Our response is to look past the pain.
“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)