As expected, unexpected things happen. Sometimes they are a lot of fun like all of those videos of parents surprising their children with trips to Disney World. Other times they are heartbreaking like a child getting diagnosed with cancer. Still others shake the very core of who we are. Why would they hurt innocent children? Why would the person that loved you all those years leave it all for a stranger? Words fail to make sense of it at times.
Truthfully with life’s unexpected circumstances come many challenges to our faith. Events have a way of clarifying what it is that we believe in. God meets us in the midst of these things not to make it all go away, but rather to help us see through eyes of faith. Eyes of faith remind us that there is hope in a future beyond any circumstances that disrupt our lives now. Eyes of faith see this place as only a temporary home where our longing only increases for our home for eternity and being with our Savior. Faith recognizes that God is fulfilling His plan and it is a plan that will be accomplished. We know that for a fact. What we don’t know is when it will be completed. In other words, the work God is doing might not be completed until after you are out of the picture. That does not mean God is not at work.
My 5-year-old son randomly brought up the shooting in Connecticut the other day. He said, “I am just sad that someone shot kids. Why would he do that?” Great question! It is a question that pundits have tried to figure out for the last month. He goes on to say, “what if I was in that classroom and I was too young to die?” It is a sad testimony to our world that I must have these discussions with my 5-year-old. But does that mean God is not at work in it all? Absolutely not! God will perfectly weave it all together as it fits into His redemptive plan for His people. Will we see it all completed? I don’t know. My faith is in the eternal God not the temporary circumstances.
“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on the earth.” – Hebrews 11: 13
We live by faith in a God who always keeps His promises. We live that way despite the circumstances before us knowing that our days are numbered and our residency is not here but in heaven. Don’t let circumstances define how you view God, but let your God speak into your circumstances with words of hope and purpose. When you do that you will be able to face all of life trough eyes of faith.