Tonight I watched a tragic story (otherwise known as a movie, but lately I've been so much more into story than effects...). It had a horrible ending (as in I hated it) but it also showed reconciliation in the face of adversity.
It got me thinking about the power of tragedy. So many times people have drastic life changes not when things are going well, but when things go bad. Many people can either point to the time where they regained faith in God, or lost faith in Him, to a point of tragedy in their lives. And I started thinking, why is this? Why do some people grow closer to God or even turn back to God at times such as this while others blame God and leave Him behind?
Ultimately the only thing I could come up with is the tragedy itself does not make the change, it is merely a catalyst. We make the change. In the tragedy we look to where God is and sometimes we see him holding us, sometimes we see His love in others, and sometimes we feel completely alone and decide to continue on like that.
When tragedy strikes, don't blame God. Don't use that horrific event to make a life change, rather allow yourself to see God in it. I'm so thankful for people who are willing to come alongside those who who are in these awful times and wade in the waters of despair with those barely able to swim so they can see God loves them and wants the best for them even if that isn't visible in their circumstances (thank you Stephen Ministers!!).
In the coming year, I hope and pray you have no tragedies. But if you do, stand strong, don't fall...
An old favorite:
Isaiah 40:31 ~ But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (NLT)