Don’t mistake this for a post put up to get attention. No need to ask “what happened”.
This is for you if you need it. Nothing else.
I’m writing from a Christian perspective.
Our life events are interesting.
Some come gradually, over a long period of time. Could be some of these are necessarily gradual to keep from killing us.
Others are events that happen suddenly, altering our lives immediately, positively or negatively ……. or both.
This last week, we had the sudden kind.
We were not favorable to it, and we could have stopped it.
But we didn’t. Because it really wasn’t ours to stop. Because we had stopped this type of event several times, enough was enough.
No, nobody’s died. Cindy and I are fine.
This is one of those events that we look at, knowing the odds are it will end in emotional/mental pain. Possibly long term consequences.
Events that are determinedly pursued by people we love. People we eventually have to release to follow what they think is right for their lives.
There’s also that little possibility ….. we could be wrong.
It’s interesting how much scripture we Christians can quote to other people in family, financial, emotional, and other crisis. Until we end up in it ourselves.
This is pretty much what we need to know:
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Instead, in times like these many of us have a tendency to engage in recrimination back on ourselves. We paralyze ourselves with questions. What did I do wrong? Could I have done better? What could I have done? Did I do that? Could I have prevented …..? Should I have …..?
There are answers to all these questions because we’re human. And humans are not perfect. We do the best, the worst, and everything in between.
And God doesn’t hold it against us because we’re human. He understands it.
He looks for our willingness to learn, change, and adjust to what He is willing to do to make up for what we cause, and many times for what we just don’t know about.
So, Thursday morning, June 22nd, sitting in a convenience store parking lot at 4:40 a.m. before work, I reflected on Philippians 4:6-7 and prayed a simple prayer.
A prayer that was just a couple of sentences. And I’ll keep referring back to that as things progress. I’ll keep referring back to that because I prayed in a way that I was positive was God’s will, even if not comfortable for me.
That’s what’s for you if you’re facing a life crisis that has you gripped.
Find what God says. Do that.
Pray it. Expect the best to come from whatever you can’t solve yourself.
Then get moving forward. The rest of the world hasn’t stopped.