That fairy tale life we learned about as children with its phrase "And they lived happily thereafter" has now become clear to us that it is just that, a fairy tale. We can surely be happy, but there are moments of life that test our faith and resolve, and it is in those moments when we find out if our faith was real or of fairy tale proportions.
God does not heal everyone. He does not fix everything. He created mankind in such a way that we are accountable for our own actions but cannot always predict the actions of others. Things happen that we do not understand, that we question and ask God why? And when that disease comes, that relationship breaks up, or that job goes away, we are often thinking You Dropped A Bomb On Me.
It is in those moments that God really shows up. He is our comforter, our healer, our friend, our mentor, our source of peace even in the midst of a violent storm. Yes, things happen, but no one can take away our attitude of how we deal with it, and he is there with us every step of the way. If he chooses to heal, we say hallelujah, but if he does not, we must understand there is another purpose. Our attitude must be a lot like that of Jesus himself, humbly thinking of the greater purpose of it all.
This doesn't mean we give up and do not pray for the situation to improve, it just means that while we are doing that, there is a calm over us that transcends all understanding because we realize He is with us, He is for us, and He knows what we need.
In my life there have been many such tests, many very painful. But in the end, I always found that when God goes through the storm with us, we get stronger to face the trials every time. Not only for ourselves, but so that we can encourage others.
We are forever hopeful that bomb never explodes, but when it does, we are always under his protection, here and in heaven.
And then, we will know the real meaning of those words, "we will live happily thereafter"!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.