"Sure, rain helps you appreciate sunshine; however, rain also helps your appreciation of an umbrella."
Question: Why do bad things happen to good people?
This may undoubtedly be the question of the ages. Why do things that seem so terrible happen to people who seem to be so good?
Well, I'll have to be honest with you, I think the exact answer to this question belongs only to God. However, I've been meditating on this question, and I do believe that there's a reasonable hypothesis.
However, I must forewarn you that this submission is the product of my personal reasoning and meditation. This is not the conclusion of a specific researcher or even a theologian. Nevertheless, I do believe that if you open your heart for consideration and contemplation, this writing will indeed aid you, as it's already helped me.
When I begin to consider life, in all of its intricacies, I ask myself, when are (or were) the times when I've been my closest with God? As I pondered on those times, I then considered - precisely what was the commonality of the noted times when my connection with God was at its highest?
I know you may be thinking that connecting with Christ should be high at all times, and being honest, I could only wish that it always was. However, I must admit that there have been moments within my life when my personal bond with God needed some revitalization. Gaining this revitalization made Us closer, and if I'm honest, these moments were most often during seasons of trouble.
"Why do things that seem so terrible happen to people who seem to be so good?"
Trouble, yep trouble. Troubling times were often the times that bound me the closest to God. These are the times when my prayer life is up, my faith walk is more focused, and my Bible reading is more intense.
Now, please don't read too much into this or judge me too fast. I do have a real and substantive connection with Christ. An authentic connection that encourages me, even in my good days. However, I can't lie; my days of trouble and heartache are undoubtedly my days of most significant commitment.
Deep? Not really. However, that notion did provoke me into more significant thinking.
Now, before I share my thought, I must admit that this thought is not a popular one; however, it is sobering and empowering.
"Troubling times were often the times that bound me the closest to God."
I've found comfort in knowing that my trouble could be (and I am confident that it is) my gift. In other words, I believe that my physical hardship actually aids my spiritual scholarship. I thus conclude that God allows bad things to occur in my life, because trouble has the power to bring you into worship, in ways that prosperity may not. And I'm actually learning to be thankful for that.
Sure, rain helps you appreciate sunshine; however, rain also helps your appreciation of an umbrella. Struggle amplifies my gratitude to both deliverance and perseverance.
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Kevin D. Jones, Sr.
Kevin D. Jones, Sr.