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 I wonder…
What was Your departure like?
Did You take Your time leaving heaven?
Did You give Michael and Gabriel see-you-later embraces?
Did angels peer over jasper walls and sing a “’Til We Meet Again,” type song?
Did You step quickly through luminescent gates into the dark channel of human flesh?
Did You stretch out Your departure  by
sauntering through the galaxies,
knowing that this cosmic view
would be confined to only memory
during the next three decades?
When You left, did You glance back?
Did you consider that heaven would not be the same
when You returned?
I wonder…
When You let go of God-equality
And reached for a grip on human likeness
did you exult in the moment, knowing that  finally,
the Eternally-anticipated Plan had been set in motion?

Martha VanCise©2017 – I originally posted this in 2013 under the title “Departure Day.”

Everything Happens for a Reason??

God's will

While conversing with a group of friends about a recent local tragedy, one person tried to console us by saying, “But everything happens for a reason.”

Psychology Today published the following statement. “The saying that everything happens for a reason is the modern, New Age version of the old religious saying: ‘It’s God’s will.’” The phrase “God’s will,” implies that God or a cosmic force is behind every event. “God’s will” for humans never included the atrocities that capture headlines or even the selfishness that destroys family structures.

While Christians may not use the phrase “It’s God’s will,” many attach the same meaning to Romans 8:28. I listened with horror as one Christian stopped before a miniature casket and emphatically told a grieving mother, “Remember! God works everything together for the good!” It was if he said, “It’s God’s will that your baby boy died.”  I don’t believe it was “God’s will” that the baby died. The baby died due to an obstetrician’s negligence. Satan used the death of that child to destroy a marriage and the faith of the mother. God doesn’t devastate us to teach us a lesson, but God does comfort and strengthen us in our most devastating moments.

Oswald Chambers said, “Life is immensely precarious, haphazard. A Christian does not believe that everything that happens is ordained by God; what he believes is that he has to get hold of God’s order no matter what happens … All things are permitted by God, but all things are not appointed by God, they appoint themselves; but God’s order abides, and if I maintain my relationship to Him He will make everything that happens work for my good.”

Romans 8:28 is not for everyone. It is for Christians. Whatever comes to us, God is beside us, rearranging the broken pieces into something good for us. A classic modern example of this is the ministry of Joni Earekson Tada. Joni never regained use of her limbs, but God brought immense “good” out of a devastating diving accident.

Check out Joni’s Favorite Quotes.

Martha Hawn VanCise©2017
Photo: Shutterstock, Piotr Krzeslak