A few weeks ago, our Pastor at our AMAZING church (clflife.com for more info) did a series on controversial questions in the church today. One of the questions being, "If God is so good, why do bad things happen to good people". You can listen to the entire series, or find out the answer to that question here. Needless to say, I've been given plenty of life examples on the topic recently, and I thought I would begin this blod with the intent to explain supernatural concepts with daily practical examples. God is a heavenly father who loves and adores His children, and He wants us to reciprocate the emotion. In the same way, I am an earthly parent, who feels the same about her own children- though I don't have the capacity to do it at quite the same intensity as God- this is my attempt to lavish glory back to the One who deserves it. He reminds me, often in small examples with my children, of His love for me and I want to share the love with you.
So back to God being Good.
That's the first non-negotiable concept is just that: God is Good.
No matter what happens or doesn't happen He just IS good.
So many people ask "well if He is so good, then why do bad things happen to good people?"
I don't know why God allows such terrible things in our natural eyes to happen. But what I can tell you is that He is good.
Today - like most days - Wes my almost-nine-month-old-on-saturday - pulls himself up onto everything. Well last weekend my husband and I made the 2 hour roadtrip to Ikea in Tampa and purchased a coffee table for our new home and living room. It is beautiful and it is sturdy, and it fits perfectly in our living room! And was only $39! For more on the coffee table bargain shop here. It also happens to be square with hard corners, that are at hit-the-learning-exploring-baby-in-the-head height. I'm not sure how they engineered such a thing, or how they compiled their research, but it is true, it inevitable hits Wes on the head two dozen times or more a day.
But today I realized, because as a mom I see bad things happen to my kids in slow motion, I wince and gasp at the amount of times Wes comes so close to the table and does NOT hit himself on it. The times when he is holding onto the edge and lets go to turn around and plops himself down on his butt and his head comes millimeters away from banging the back off. Or how he crawls right to the table like a swimmer in a pool and waits to feel something touch the table before he stops, and could pick his head up and hit the bottom of the table- but does NOT. Over and over and over again just this morning I saw him miss the table about 40 times before he whacked himself on it.
And it dawned upon me: Most people would say "Goodness why does God let that poor almost-nine-month-old-on-saturday boy hit his head on that table 25 times a day?!?! But today I realied the grace and protection on my son as He missed the table over 40 times before one of the two-plus-dozen actually happened. And most of the time- at least since last Saturday when we purchased the table, Wes only bangs his head on the table softly. Most of the mojor damage hits are not even in existence!
I know it seems far fetched to say that God is allowing and not allowing my kid to smack his head on the coffee table. And first off- its an example. But yes- I do believe God is in the small details of our everyday lives. Including my sons adventures around and with the coffee table.
So I tell you all this not to have you worry about Wesley's safety or his ability to explore free of harm, or even to brag on the coffee table and all its power.
I'm telling you because I am amazed at the amazing grace and protection of my Savior! I'm telling you so that like me you will find youreself in awe and amazement and Praise the Lord while reading this!
Thank you God for your sovereign hand over my kids and their play time. And thank you for giving me the eyes to see and understand a spiritual concept in a natural example!
Now some of you are thinking- "well why does God even need to allow Wes to hit the table at all?"
Trial. By. Error.
If Wes never hit the table he would also never understand a concept of reality and boundaries. He could walk into a parked car the next time we are at the store. Or think he is indestructable and walk in front of a moving bus. But thank God - literally - that Wes is learning the lesson in a small way with the coffee table- in a safe environment like our home - where he can learn without mortality or further damage to himself. Which is SOOOO like God! He will allow you to learn a lesson in a safe place, with people who will encourage you and help you, where further more life-threatening damage can NOT be done! Thank you Jesus for your protection!
Isn't He so good!
If you didn't take the time to listen to the message on God being good - let me sum it up for you here.
The question "why do bad things happen to good people?" is the wrong question.
It is faulty in that we are not good people.
No one is or can be. It is ONLY through the blood and saving grace of Jesus Christ that God can see us as good. Our righteousness in lamens terms- blows.
The question rather should be "why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?"
Because really- that is what happens to me. And to you.
God sent His only son that none would perish but have ever lasting life.
....that is so good!