Isaiah 14:24 (NIV) 24 The LORD Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.
2 Chronicles 16:9 (HCSB) 9 For the eyes of Yahweh roam throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His. “
Think of the most painful things that have happened to you recently and if not recently…in years gone by.
Now imagine having surgery or someone you love dearly having surgery. Let’s say that the surgeon is a deeply caring friend. You know for certain that when he takes the knife and gently splits the skin of your loved one…he is doing it with a tender heart. He will open up the patient in the most caring way. His full intention is to promote healing. It isn’t a malicious or careless act on your part that you allow the surgery or on the surgeon’s part by doing the cutting. Though scary and dangerous…you both count this surgery as a blessing…the one way to healing.
As we thank God for His hand in our lives, do we only count the easy, happy blessings? Do we believe He just randomly swoops into our lives here and there to interject the things we perceive as good and fun and full of joy?
Or do we believe He is ever working and involved in our lives…in the lives of those we love. If we do, then shouldn’t we count the hard things…the excruciating things as part of His way to healing? It is so important to understand that in God’s economy healing is never just for the one who is sick or the one we have recently lost to death (who is now completely whole). Nor is correction and healing simply for the one who is making bad decisions…splitting the hearts of those who care.
If you have experienced deep levels of pain at all…you understand that these events change us. They change everyone who is affected …every time. We change even if we choose not to change. We draw in…build walls whether we realize it or not. Our hearts become colder…we are less able to experience life the way God intends.
So often, we just can’t make sense of what He allows. And yet…there is a path to thanking Him for all things, since each of us has the opportunity to respond to His love. Amazingly, He has arranged it so that the hard places and yes…even the impossible-to-understand places give us the opportunity for a deeper, more meaningful relationship with Him and those He has placed in our lives.
“God allows what He hates in order to accomplish what He loves.” Joni Erickson Tada