Monday, May 7, 2012
Thoughts on God...
I'm a spiritual person....I'm not overly religious. I don't attend church every Sunday......I've maybe attended 5 services in the 8 months that have passed since Catelyn died. I do believe in God. I do believe that God is good.
For most of my life, I was a firm believer that "God only gives you what you can handle". It wasn't until recently that I saw the flaw in my reasoning.
Can you imagine how miserable it would be if God 'gave' us pain, heartbreak, upset and more? No wonder people might turn their back on God. Why would you want to believe in something or someone who caused you tremendous pain because 'you can handle it'?
I read a book called 'The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity' by William P. Young, recently, and I really found it inspiring and touching. It was such an interesting read. It truly gave me a new perspective about things that I already believed, and things I never imagined.
Well meaning friends and family have offered me the book 'Heaven is For Real', and while it's a good book, I could never bring myself past the fact that the little boy lived and my Catelyn died.
In 'The Shack', though, the main character processes the, likely, brutal murder of his youngest child. Along the way, he ends up meeting God in person....
I'll let you read the book for yourself, but it helped me realize something so important. God doesn't give us what we can handle....God helps us handle what we're given.
Think about that for a second.
If God were to give us what we can handle, then we might feel either like God really trusts us to handle a lot (which can be very overwhelming), or we might even feel like God is vindictive and gives us obstacles because we deserve them for all of the wrongs we've done in our lives. I've felt both ways....too many times to count.
Now, think about the other half....if God helps us handle what we're given, then it isn't that God is punishing us for our wrongs, and it isn't that God thinks that we are these ultra strong beings that can withstand the highest thresholds of pain possible. Instead, God knows that we are going to be dealt crummy hands of cards in life, and instead of saying 'oh well, you can handle it, you can get through it, deal with it yourself', God says: 'I'm here. Let me help you. Turn to me. Trust me. Love me. Believe in me. Put your faith in me, and I will ease your pain, your burden, your problems.'
Spiritual or not, how freaking cool is that?
What a HUGE difference that change in perspective makes. It makes dealing with Catelyn's death so much more bearable.
The trick, of course, is learning to rely on God. It's certainly not easy. It's hard to believe in something you can't see directly. It's hard to give up control over your own life (and I'm a huge control freak, so I think I know that pretty well). It's hard to say 'I trust you'. It's hard.
But, on the flip side, it is easier knowing that this wasn't something that was predetermined to happen in my life....that it wasn't some evil master plan to make me suffer, and that it didn't happen because I deserved it. Yes, it happened. Yes, it sucks. Yes, it's hard to move on. No, I'll never forget.
At the end of every day, I have continued support. Sometimes it comes in the form of the people around me. Sometimes it comes from songs, memories or books. No matter where it comes from, I believe that it's God reminding me that I'm not alone....that my pain isn't my own to handle....that God won't leave my side.
Take from this message what you wish. Disagree.... Agree.... It's up to you. But at least you know how I feel.
Posted by Tracy O.