Friday, May 8, 2009

An addendum...

I've been thinking about yesterday's post.. Did you read it? I did a Thankful Thursday and in point #5, I talked about that saying "God doesn't give you more than you can handle" and basically I think it's bunk. What I said yesterday was that I believe we do often receive more than we can handle because if we COULD handle it on our own, we wouldn't think we needed God, would we?

But today I got to thinking about another point I wanted to make. I do not believe that God GIVES us all the negative things we wind up with. We live in a sinful, fallen world. We have pollution, disease, etc. We sin and suffer consequences. Bad things happen to good people, etc. God did not intend that for His creation. But we do have free choice and thus, we are on this not always happy ride!

I DO believe that God ALLOWS negative things in our lives. I also believe that God ALWAYS redeems that negative with good. We may not see that good ever this side of Heaven but we are assured that it happens.

And I would look up that scripture reference (I believe its Romans 8) but my boys just got home from school.. I am headed out the door (as soon as the sitter gets here) for 24 hours of quiet time with God. YAY. And have a BIG weekend when we get back. More on THAT later!

4 comments:

Cathey said...

You have done so well at allowing God to teach you about Himself in this process. And the fact that you are willing to share it is just proof that "all things work together for good" for those who love God. Thank you for your honesty all along the way. I love and admire you, my friend.

Millie said...

I agree. I know I could have never walked this road without relying on God. I was at a yard sale a few years ago, and started talking about Colin with the lady having the sale. She had a little girl (another defect, but not sure which one) that went to Glennon, where Colin goes, and had heart surgery, then ended up going home as healthy as she could be given the circumstances. A few weeks later, she died suddenly at home. The lady said she became a drunk for years after and was just now sobering up enough to take care of her other children. All that just to say, I believe when we are faced with circumstances like these, you either rely on God, or you rely on the bottle, drugs, or something else. We know we can't do it alone, so choosing God sure beats the other choices. Hope that makes sense. Been a long day. :)
Millie and Colin

Glenn said...

I know God is going to use what you have to share at Timberview on Sunday in a powerful way.

Oh was that a secret? Not any more.

Kathryn @ Expectant Hearts said...

Cathey, thank you also for being MY friend.. You have been a gracious example for me and I appreciate your sharing your wisdom too!

Millie, that makes perfect sense! Aren't we blessed to have a God who calls us into relationship with Him so that He CAN support us through life's struggles?

Glenn, what are you doing? It is NOT part of your job description to "out" me on my own blog! Sheesh...