People are quick to think that if God is real, there should be no sickness, violence, hate, that virtually we should live in a perfect world.
If you take the time to read more of the Bible than what others tell you is there, or others paraphrase, you’ll see why that cannot be.
Eve ate the damned apple. Therefore we are full of sin and human nature. God cannot heal an imperfect world, but He can help those who seek it. Even people who believe with their whole entire being sometimes do not see the answers to their prayers in the way they think it should be. God is the only one who knows the final chapter. He gave each and every one of us a purpose, a story, a light to share with others, and we have absolutely zero control over what our plan is.
It is also often forgotten that we are not meant to understand, only to have faith and trust His plan. It isn’t easy, and even the most “qualified” people still question why! We’re allowed to question the plan that’s been laid out for us. It opens doors when we’re talking to God and accepting this is our path.
But can we talk about doubting Thomas for a second? He was one of the twelve disciples and wasn’t present when Jesus visited them after being nailed to the cross. We talked about this story in church last Sunday, and it really resonated with my soul. Thomas doubted and questioned the others because he wasn’t there to see when Jesus appeared. He told them he would believe it when he himself could see the holes from the nails and put his hands in Jesus’ side. Jesus came again a week later, to bring peace to Thomas. Thomas was hurting, sad, scared, just as the others had been before seeing Jesus. Some find it brave of him to have asked for Jesus to appear again, because that’s not something we do. We spend a lot of time believing in our faith when we cannot see, and there will still be times we question God. He knows these times will come, and He stands ready to teach and share with us. Not always will we get in depth answers, but God does what He can for us, while still allowing us room to grow and learn, and most of all trust.
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29
God has used one of my very dear friends who isn’t sure what she believes to send me one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever gotten, and at the most perfect time. A daily devotion for people who are struggling. Guys, I bawled over the movement God did through someone who isn’t even sure what she believes.
My mother in law lost a daughter many years ago to cancer, and her only other living daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently in remission. Her faith has never wavered.
I know a sweet mother who questioned her faith, God, all of it, and after losing her child, is a true testimony to the things God can do. This woman’s faith is so unbelievably strong now, she is on her rock firm in place, and her child wasn’t healed in the humanly way we see to be the right way.
Do you see a pattern here? God moves through the unmovable. He challenges us to think and to do more. He sends us something I love more each time they happen; God winks. If you keep your eyes open, you will see an abundance of them. In our family, they can happen daily depending on our current situations. If anything has the ability to calm my soul in the snap of a finger, it is just that. A God wink.
God wink: (plural God winks) An event or personal experience, often identified as coincidence, so astonishing that it is seen as a sign of divine intervention, especially when perceived as the answer to a prayer.
We all have a plateful of chaos we’re trying to sort through and navigate, but you don’t have to do it alone. Everyone who reads this blog is looking to help others. That’s why I started “It’s Knot Over” and I can’t wait to see the difference it makes for others.