Monday, January 12, 2015

Whose Side is God On, Anyway?

Well. These are not the kind of Mondays I like to blog about. There have been a few in the five or so years that we documenting our life here. The kind of Mondays where whatever we did over the weekend just seems insignificant and irrelevant, because there is just too much hurting around us.

I know not everyone who visits us here will know what's going on, so the very condensed version is that our community suffered a great loss over the weekend. There was a very bad accident involving girls that were much too young on Saturday evening. When you live in a community the size of the one we do, it's almost impossible not to know everyone in some way or another - especially when you have lived in the same place for nearly your entire life. Even if you don't know each person individually, it's likely you know someone in their family. Nearly everyone is affected in some way in the face of a tragedy.

Our sincerest sympathies are with the families who lost two beautiful young ladies this weekend, and we are praying for healing and peace for the girls who are currently recovering in the hospital. Life is precious, and it is short - for all of us. But for some, it seems much too short.

There is a lot I could say today about darkness and light. About which "side" God is on, and how we all have a common enemy that seeks to destroy everything we know and love. There is a lot I could say about spiritual warfare and why we often shake our fists at the wrong source - the very one who wishes to grant us peace and comfort. We make light of the evil around us, saying things like "See you in Hell!" thinking that it's cute. And we blame God for everything that goes wrong.

Why is that? I have no idea. It's all very sad.

Today I have one sick child at home with a stomach virus, one kid who colored with markers all over my new rug, and one who took a pair a scissors and cut a chunk out of his sister's hair. For real, our first few hours this morning have been awesome.

Thank you, God for our beautiful mess. I'm not even mad. I've got all of my babies here, safe and sound.

For all of those who are hurting today, no matter what the reason, I hope that you will seek solace from the source of peace that loves you, cares about you, and who knows you better than anyone. Even if you aren't sure that source exists. Even if you have doubts and fears. Ask him to reveal himself to you, and I promise he will. In some way, he will. Perhaps the biggest misconception about God is that people think he expects perfection from us before we come to him. Even our churches do a rotten job of enabling this lie. What God really you. Just you. As you are. With all of your junk and your baggage. He wants you at the very moment you realize you can't do it alone. He wants to be the one to take those burdens away. Give it to God.

Go ahead and have a chat with him. He's listening. He's on your side.

In the meantime, we will grieve with you, pray for you, and help you in any way we can. What is one way God shows us mercies? By using other people to walk the road with us. If you are reading this today, it's not a mistake, so don't hesitate to ever share anything you need with myself or with Eric. We have certainly had help in our own lives, and we consider it a privilege to help others in return. Love you, friends.


Cassie said...

you always know what to say, you have just the right words.
a true gift.
thank you.

Heather said...

I've been on the receiving end of that Robert family prayer chain...more than once...and I am quite certain it can perform miracles.

Adrien said...

Love you, girls!

Christine Pettijohn said...

So needed to read this today after the weekend I have had and the issues with my health. You always know what to say to put things into perspective. Praying for your family and hope you all start to feel better.


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