Understanding

Life is not fair, it does not make sense, and often it is not very fun.  My daughter has had to learn this lesson the hard way.  When Madi was a little girl she lived in a world all her own.  Hers' was a world where everyone was her friend, nothing bad ever happened, and hugs were not only neccessary, but mandatory.  As Madi has grown up, she has had to face the very harsh reality that sometimes this world is not a very friendly place.  That people aren't always good, and that bad things happen.  This is the reality we all face.

Almost 20 years ago I lived in Tampa and was involved in a local church's youth group.  The discussion came up about our inability to fully understand God.  To some this is a very frustrating thing.  That morning a young girl spoke up and said how glad she was that her God was too big to understand.  If we knew it all what would that say about our God.  True words from a special young lady (KB).

I don't know that any of us will ever fully embrace or understand the reality that is the world and the hardship it creates.  But our God is bigger than this world and is never far away.  His mercy and grace are limitless and He knows our condition, whatever that might be.  Glory and honor is His, beyond feelings and understanding.  Obedience is required, but trust is needed.  God is good all the time, regardless of the place or time we live.

"In the final analysis, God knows, and He does all things well.  He is in charge.  I am the clay, He is the Potter.  I am the disciple; He is the Lord.  I am the sheep; He is the Shepherd.  I am the servant; He is the Master.  That means I am to submit myself.  I am to humble myself under His mighty hand.  I must be willing to adjust my life to His choices for me, to listen, to learn, to adapt to HIs leading wherever it may go whether I'm comfortable, happy, or healthy.  That is obedience."  Charles Swindoll

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