April seems to be the month for tragic events. My colleague writes a morning memo for us and includes a “This day in history” This week I’ve gotten to work to be reminded of the Oklahoma City bombing, followed by Columbine, then Tiananmen Square.
Then there are the local tragedies, like the 4 year old girl and mother shot in their home in Elsmere during a robbery, and the other shootings just this week. Then the also senseless happenings like the 12 year old boy hit in the head with a baseball bat during a little league game.
Such tragedies have mystified human minds for centuries. We believe in a loving God, but don’t understand our world.
We can thank Adam and Eve for bringing sin and evil into a perfect world, where they had everything, and lost it all for a taste of the only forbidden thing in the beautiful Garden. Their sin has propagated into what our world has become.
And while we could get all depressed and just say cliches like “life sucks and then you die – and you pay taxes along the way”, we can be encouraged that this life is only temporary, we have the hope of heaven waiting.
So while you may think sadly on the events I listed above, or you are thinking more inwardly of events happening in your own life, be encouraged. Beauty does spring from ashes.
John 12:24-25(MSG) reminds us,
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.”
We’re being reminded to let go of anything you are so desperately clinging to. I love the part in the verse that says “let it go reckless in your love”. It just may not make sense, but we can trust God.
We may be afraid of whatever lies ahead, but when you put your life in the hands of a loving God with whom you share relationship, you can trust Him to accomplish His will – His, not our own.
And we can rest assured, that in His time, He will allow you to bloom again. If all you see right now is darkness and confusion, you mustn’t lose heart, because God might be about to resurrect your life in ways you could never imagine for yourself!
Philip Yancy puts it like this in “Meet the Bible”
“For people who feel trapped in pain or in a broken home, in economic misery or in fear – for all those people, for all of us, heaven promises a future time, far longer and more substantial than the time we spend on earth, a time of health and wholeness and pleaure and peace. The Bible began with that promise, in the book of Genesis. And the Bible ends with that same promise, a guarantee of future reality. The end will be a beginning.”
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