Archive | May, 2017

And if not, He is still good.

2 May

We were recently told that we may, at some point, be faced with an unbelievably impossible situation. There have been many times in my life I wished I had a warning when something horrible was about to happen. I was wrong. Having this big hairy, horrible monster lurching around every corner is possibly the worst thing we have ever faced. You may or may not be able to relate and yes I am being intentionally ambiguous. This is one of those keep you awake at night, just the thought of it makes your stomach immediately upset, suck the life out of you situations.

So I did what many of us do when we are in crisis, I reached out to some friends for advice. When talking with someone who has been in a similar predicament, she suggested something that I thought was completely ludicrous. She told me to imagine the worst possible outcome and try to come to grips with it. I instantly rejected this idea. First off, I felt like even thinking about this happening increased the chances of it coming to pass. I know that doesn’t make sense in real world logic, but when you are faced with this kind of scary stuff, logic is far, far away. Secondly, just thinking about thinking about this happening literally made me want to die.

Despite my instant dismissal of this suggestion, I couldn’t help but feel like the Lord kept bringing this idea back to me. It was around this time that I was reminded of the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego while scrolling through my Facebook feed of all places! These men were sent into a blazing furnace for refusing to worship an idol (aka doing what they knew was right). Before they were put into the fire, they told the King, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17b-18)

Whatever you’re facing, first and foremost, I want to tell you that God is bigger. HE CAN DELIVER YOU. He can deliver me. And while it takes trusting God to speak that as statement and not a question, I believe true faith begins when we can HONESTLY say, “but even if He does not…”

I am sure these gentlemen were not thrilled about being thrown into a furnace so hot that it killed the guards putting them in. Still they moved forward.

If I am being completely honest, I am secretly hoping to share a similar outcome as these men. (There was a “fourth man” in the fire with them, and when they came out, they didn’t even smell like smoke).

I cannot imagine what life would be like if God doesn’t intervene in my life, but I can say, I am getting to the place where I can say that even if He doesn’t, I know He is still good.