When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was looking at all the rhetoric about God being in control, and how he has a plan for my suffering... blaah blaah blaaah. I found no comfort in it, but it was all I had to cling to. As I was spouting this to a friend, and going on about the grand things God MUST have planned for me, she said quietly. "not necessarily, it could just because we live in a fallen world."
NOTHING has ever given me so much peace. God didn't make me sick, I didn't have to keep looking for answers as to why a good God would let my body be ravaged by not just the illness, but by the treatments that may or may not keep me alive. I could stop looking for some grand scheme to justify my suffering, and look to getting though the trial.
And oddly, I have found God's grand plan. It's simple: Uphold those that God puts in my path that are walking in that same valley of death that I got through. I don't even have to go searching, they just show up in my life.
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It's so simple, and yet so difficult to understand sometimes. I've found the same thing with my health problems though--I'm able to use them to reach and understand others who are also going through similar things. Blessings,