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Friday, November 16, 2012
An Invitation to Respond
All of us go through tough times. It could be a medical condition, a broken relationship, or financial woes. None of us are immune to hard times. We all go through times where we don’t know which end is up. And we wonder how we should respond.
Personally, I have gone through tough times, and I am going through one right now.
When we go through these times, the questions are inevitable. Why me? Why now? Have I done something wrong? God, why don’t you answer me? There is also the personal pity party. No one has problems like me. It’s easy to become self-focused and consumed with the issue at hand.
It can also become tempting to think that God is not around. I believe we have that feeling because we think hard times like this should not come our way. Yes, we know people go through tough times. But we still get caught off guard when they happen to us. We begin to question His presence and we inwardly proclaim, this shouldn’t happen to me.
Often, during these times, we become like the disciples in the boat in the midst of the storm. God, why are you sleeping? Don’t you care? Look at us, we are going to die.
I’ve had that long walk with God. I’ve cried out in frustration, wanting something different. It’s hard to deal with tough times when we don’t understand.
How should we be during these struggles? Is it OK to freak out like the disciples? Should we just put on a happy face and wait it out? Have faith people will say. But what does that mean? What does that look like?
I know if I were talking to my father-in-law about this he would ask me a question. How is God inviting you to respond?
What he is saying by that question is this. God is there--always. He is fully present and He knows what’s going on. And He has a plan.
The question for us, for me: How is He inviting you to respond at this moment, in this situation? Get away from your feelings for a moment and listen to what God is asking. Is He inviting you to rest next to Jesus in the boat? Is it to trust in Him? Is it to go to others and be lifted up by them?
How is He inviting you to respond?