Over the past few months, our family has been going through a bit of a difficult season. It’s been almost horrendous to face what God has allowed us to process through and we’ve learned a lot of lessons as a result of it. Here are a few of those things.
I’m a very “God-centered” person. I say it that way because I despise the word “religious”. I believe that everything we go through in life is a result of God. If he’s all knowing, which in point of fact I believe him to be, then he had to have known what we would face. I wish that God would clue us into what is happening in our lives just a little bit more, but he does not. He doesn’t owe that to us.
Think about it, there are things that you do that you kids wonder, why are we doing this, why are you allowing this and what do you tell them? You need to just trust me! What I’ve learned through this season is that there are things that we choose and there are things that God allows. I’ve learned, through this season that rather than asking, “why God why” are we going through this, I’m learning to ask, “what God what” do you want to teach us.
When we stick with why God why we end up making it more about us than what it should be. What I’m also learning is that God considers my story or my piece of the story in light of his story that he’s trying to work in the world around me rather than just my world. When I consider my world, my world is a lot smaller than his world. My world consists of only the people that I can see, touch, and feel. His world consists of all of it and I’m just one-pixel piece of his world.
I’m also learning this, that when God allows things that we didn’t see coming, somehow he gives us a special grace to get through it. Through this unique season and Cris and I have transversed, we’ve noticed we have just a little bit different grace that wasn’t there yesterday. It doesn’t take the stuff away, but he makes is possible to get through.
When David wrote the very famous words in Psalm 23, Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, he connected with every person on earth at some point of their existence. All people can personally connect with that passage whether it be through death or through a life-changing, unexpected situation.
We’ve got to pay attention to the wording structure he used in that passage. David said to “walk through the valley”, clearly he was helping us understand that we can stay there, we aren’t meant to live there. Not even go camping them, but pass through the valley.