Youth camp. Praying with someone when they receive Christ. Being there for a birth, or a marriage, or hearing every detail about a proposal. Getting excited with teenagers for their first date, or when they get their license to “finally” drive a car.
But then, I also walk with people through the tough times. Broken marriages. Broken families. Hospitalizations. Watching people make bad choice after bad choice, even when they deal with consequences. Test results. Pain. Psychosis. Hard hearts. Death.
These last four weeks, my ministry world has been consumed by the difficult.
It’s not fun.
In fact, it is heart wrenching.
I’m tired. I can’t think of anything to write. But they say, “Write what you know”. So, that is what I am going to do.
I know God is sovereign.
The question to ask is not “Why” (unless you and I want to be stuck in a slump hunting for an answer we’ll never find)
“What do we do now?”
That one has an answer.
Always, an answer.
I know God is love.
People may not always live out God’s love, but God does. And His love never fails.
I know God is with each hurting person.
Even the ones who are mad at him for their own actions that went against His will.
Even the ones who haven’t done anything wrong but are affected by something or someone out of their control.
I know God is bigger than anything they are facing.
I know God is compassion, and judge, and truth, and peace.
I know God heals, one way or another.
I don’t know why adults act like children. I don’t know why people blame God instead of cling to him. I don’t know why bad things happen to good people, and I don’t know why we’re here to see what we do.
But I know God is good.
I know God never changes.
I know, without a doubt, God is GOD.
He is with us, for us, and in us.
I know God beckons us.
I know God yearns for us to be in relationship with Him.
I know God completes us.
I know He died for us, but didn’t stay dead, and rose again so we could be with Him forever.
I know, because of what Christ did for us, we have victory.
In every circumstance.
And that friends, is what I know.