Recently somebody asked if we, my family, were living under a curse. I understood exactly what she meant and it cracked it me up, because in the span of about two weeks (more like 10 days), it appeared as if our little world were crumbling from the inside out.
My daughter’s bike was stolen. We had to replace the hot water heater. The microwave exploded in eerie bright red lights and pops. The dog ran away, and the room off my kitchen (my future dining room) flooded. Oh, and the car died.
Don’t we all have weeks like this?
I know we do. After a while, you find yourself kinda holding your breath waiting for ‘the next disaster’ to strike. Sometimes I wonder why God allows bad things to happen to good people.
Don’t you wonder why? Sometimes??
Matthew 5:45 “…for he [God] maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
It’s just life. There will be days of sunshine and days when it rains so hard that your house becomes a mudroom. Literally! Often it is in the rainy times when the light of the Lord shines the brightest. God is good, no matter the circumstances.
For whatever reason, He often chooses His creation to be vessels of His goodness; however, sometimes it’s hard to swallow our pride and accept gifts from others, even good gifts. I know it is better to give than it is to receive, but it is also easier.
I have learned that although God could rain microwaves down from heaven, He will often just nudge a friend or neighbor to go grab their extra one from the attic. I believe He works through His creation for two reasons. First, it is a blessing to be a blessing. We feel good when we are able to help someone else. Second, it humbles us. It is one thing to take a gift straight from the hand of God, but it is altogether different when a friend or acquaintance lends us a hand. It reminds us that we need each other. God never intended for us to ‘do life’ on our own. Just as Adam needed a “help meet” in the garden (Genesis 2:20), we also need help in this adventure we call life.
In my relatively short life, all twenty-nine years of it (*cough, cough*), I have been blessed beyond measure. God has been good to me. So have my friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and sometimes strangers. Their acts of goodness have made me want to be good to others also – to pass along the blessing.
Always be quick to give kindness, you may never know how it transforms someone’s day, maybe even their life.
Come back tomorrow (probably Sunday or Monday :-0), and find out how my family was blessed by….
Hint: *She’s a blogger!*