October: Exploring God: Good but Not Safe

From THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis

From THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis

Empirical evidence supports that rain falls on the just and unjust, read the reports. Trust that it’s true, people of all faiths, or of none get lambasted out of the blue by disease, storms, betrayal to name just few.

While I type these lines children are mangled by war lords’ bombs and grenades, tangled bodies, a gruesome parade.  Where are you, God, who said “let the children come to me.”  Don’t You see?  The horrors of war, don’t you deplore, the sickness of what sin inflicts upon the fragility of these from unborn babies with rapid heart beat, to toddlers and teens on war torn streets?

What of us who believe, who seek to show that God is good and seek to leave imprints of God’s Provincial care. . .not a game of truth or dare?  Empirical evidence supports that Christians don’t exist in a bubble…they like every one else face trouble…so what propels them to believe in a God who is KING, but not meddling?

Once I was lost, stumbling around, now by God’s grace I have found the grandest adventure life could prepare, purpose beyond what I have or I wear, hope in the darkness, growing love for all humankind kin.  It begins with faith, but that’s not where it ends.  It begins with knowing my body and mind don’t compose who I am.

“Never tell a child,” said George Macdonald, ‘you have a soul. Teach him, you are a soul; you have a body.’ As we learn to think of things always in this order, that the body is but the temporary clothing of the soul, our views of death and the unbefittingness of customary mourning will approximate to those of Friends of earlier generations.”

Understanding of God’s allowing both triumph and pain comes in fits and starts with infant steps and gain. . .and then back again. Learning that the will of God in all human beings is that all should be saved, not safe here. Transformed internally while in this temporary cocoon to burst forth and fly eternally.

Now may the Lord direct your hearts toward the love of God and the endurance of Christ.”  ‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭NET‬‬

Understanding God’s plan doesn’t change every heart of man or block the storms or still the terrorist hand.  It doesn’t make having cancer a breeze or diabetes or MS, or any devastating disease.  But if these things prompt me to pray, to offer care, to interact with God for my fellow man then more of God’s goodness and love grow in me.

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