Life is hard.. and it can down right stink at times. It can stink so bad the neighbor down the street can smell it. (Yup, no need to reread.. I did just say that.) Now, I don’t know about you, but my life has been awfully smelly lately.
However, deep down, okay, maybe deep deep DEEP down, I know that God has an amazing plan in store for the future. I’m not sure why we face all these crazy challenges or why bad things happen to good people. And I don’t know why there are natural disasters or why cancer exists. I don’t know any of these answers, but I do know that there is a much greater God behind all of it and He is BOUND to have a purpose for it all. There has to be something good that comes from it. We may not see it today or tomorrow or even in our lifetime, but it will come and God will reveal His amazing plan.
As humans, we tend to blame God a lot. We blame Him for car accidents that kill dear friends. We blame Him for the Alzheimer’s that has overtaken a grandparent’s mind. We blame Him for the hurricanes that wipe out millions. We blame God for all sorts of things. We even blame Him when we know He’s not the one to blame. We blame Him for leaving us when we need Him most and for not answering our prayers. But, sometimes God gives us what we need rather than what we want. And sometimes He lets us stay broken in ways we might not feel comfortable with in order to show Himself in an even greater way. Think of the story of the broken vessel in Jeremiah. The clay pot was broken and was thought to be ruined. But the potter reworked it into a new clay pot the way he wanted to make it. The same is true with God. He comes behind us and picks up our broken pieces and shapes us into a new vessel. And we’ll never be perfect, but God wants His light to shine through us, to shine through all of our cracks and broken pieces. Continue reading