“Return my sons from distant lands, my daughters from faraway places. I want them back, every last one who bears my name, every man, woman, and child.”Isaiah 43:6
Recently, I overheard a conversation about a man and his relationship with God. He said, “I made a pack with God, if he doesn’t mess with me, I won’t mess with him.” This guy has suffered disappointment no different than many other people—loss of a loved one, money crisis, and health issues. Some people draw closer to God during times of trouble, and others draw down an invisible shield protecting them from the very thing that could save them—a closer relationship with God.
Nearly fifty years ago, my late husband’s father and brother were killed in a dirt cave in while laying sewer system 18-feet deep in the ground. Glen’s family had no connection with a church, and my first reaction was to call my pastor. He came to our side and officiated at the funeral for two people he didn’t know.
Everyone has a positive or negative side that surfaces under crisis. I, either by nature or through dedicating myself to being a positive person, rarely succumb to a negative reaction under stress. And, I challenge anyone to give me a reason to say something is bad or can’t be done, and I’ll give you more reasons why it is possible.
Thank you, Lord, for being present to those who want to block you out of their lives. Amen.