Thursday, January 2, 2014
Happy New Year one and all! I don't know about any of you, but I'm a bit relieved to shut the book on 2013 and start fresh with 2014. Other than the date, nothing about my circumstances has really changed though. So how can I make a fresh start when I'm still in the middle? I think the only answer is to find fresh perspective and hope in Christ. My pastor was diagnosed with cancer in September. The Sunday following his diagnosis he preached about a question that almost everyone asks when they are going through a hard time: "Why?" Why me? Why now? Why here? That question is almost never answered. If an answer does come, it's usually much much later. So although natural, asking it is pretty pointless. Instead he encouraged us to ask "what?" What do You want to teach me God? What do You want me to do? The "why" makes our trust in God conditional. As if we' concede and go through the trial if we think the reason is important enough. The "what" doesn't require any justification from God. It acknowledges the pain we are experiencing, and seeks direction, but it doesn't try to imply that we want to control a situation. Can you see how the approach is different? Are there any situations that you could apply a "What" question to right now?