January 6, 2015 Update: The following blog was written the night I learned that my first cousin’s 7 year old grandson had taken an 8 foot free fall inside a metal bucket that had been improperly attached to its skid-steer loader. It was one of those moments in which our hearts went numb as it was beyond logic that his little body could survive. Nearly six months later, I am glad to report that he not only survived, but has no scars or indications that he was ever hurt — even though his face took the brunt of the impact against that hard unyielding surface. Thank you for praising the Lord with us that he saw fit to graciously preserve this young life in such a miraculous way.
August 15, 2014: The unthinkable has happened – my worst nightmare in regard to suffering and pain has just occurred! A tragedy has taken place that touches my life and causes all of my senses to stand at attention! Where is God now?
If there is anything good about the unthinkable, it is that it reveals God for who he really is and exposes what we truly believe about him.
Do we believe that God is a Santa Claus or good fairy that we go to when we want something?
Do we believe that God is a superhero protecting good guys from everything bad?
Do we believe that God is the Creator of the world who got things going, but leaves us to fend for ourselves?
Or do we believe (as the Scriptures teach) that God is an all-wise constant companion who loves us and accompanies us through good times and bad — surrounding us with his presence, strength, and help as we face the unthinkable?
You see, God is the one who ultimately determines when we are spared and when we are called upon to suffer. But he is also the one who goes before us and behind us and around us and in us (if we let him) seeing us safely to the other side of the unthinkable.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” Psalm 46:1-3 ESV
So, if you find yourself in the middle of the unthinkable, reach out and feel God’s touch. Relax your strained senses in his protective embrace. Ask for his help and strength in the midst of your suffering. He will never leave you and will see you safely to the other side. There is nothing to fear.