I was chatting last week with a friend who was handed a pretty hard lot in life recently. Her seemingly blessed life was rocked with shock and abandon. The ripples were filtering down into many different parts of her life and she was becoming simply numb to it all. Our life journeys can be like that sometimes. And Jesus followers are not immune to this dark world, either. We have seasons of joy and seasons of pain, too. No where in the Bible does it say that just because we got God, we get a free ride. We get a ride, alright, but it’s often a roller coaster ride that sometimes we don’t want to take.
Yet, the beauty of it is, Jesus makes the ride bearable. He brings the joy. The thrill of the hill that allows us to tolerate the down turns. As my friend and I chatted, we came to the conclusion that unless you experience the darkness, you don’t recognize how beautiful the light is. Only when you have been in the cold, dark, dampness, do you appreciate the warm glow of the fire. Your faith begins to grow stronger and purer because it stood the test of the dark.
Many of us question why bad things happen to “good” people. Why does God allow the innocence of a situation to be tainted by the darkness? No easy answers, I am afraid. But I am encouraged by the words of a worship song called Blessings by Laura Story. She wrote it in response to one of those dark moments in her own life. I encourage you to read about it and her story here. The song lyrics challenge us to look at those dark days in a new and different light. To wonder “What if our blessings really do come from raindrops?” Only God can see the end of the roller coaster’s track, because we’ve never been on this ride before. We can’t focus on the turn ahead because we are only looking at the bottom of the hill.
mittonmusings.com is a lifestyle blog — with a twist of inspiration! We designed it that way to stand out from other lifestyle blogs, not because we have all the answers, but because we want to encourage others who are along for the ride. We’ve opened up our 30 days of Blessings challenge again, to do just that. Perhaps you need to feel the joy of the ride right now. Or could it be that you need to be that crazy friend who holds your buddy’s hand and buys you both a ticket for the “Loop de Loop” when neither of you have the courage? It’s not too late to join the challenge! Sign up here. Maybe it is time for us to keep our hands and feet inside at all times, and keep our seats in the upright position, secure all loose articles, and simply wait until we come to a complete stop before we exit left. Enjoy your ride, my friends!