Tuesday, May 13, 2008

"What kind of God..."

"Allows brain cancer to happen to a person who has lived all their life serving, loving and living for God?"

"What kind of God allows such tragic things to happen?"

These were questions recently posed to me...

With great confidence my answer was...

"An omnificent God who sees the bigger picture. An all knowing God who knows exactly what each and every one of us needs in this journey called life."

God has a plan for my mom, He knows exactly what she needs. The same is true for all of us.

Deuteronomy 30:19 says... "I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live..."

The fact is we have a choice set before us. There is abundant life in Christ and unique blessing in the Word of God.

I choose life. I choose to turn to God and obey Him, follow Him.

Maybe there is someone out there facing a hard time, questioning how God can allow such bad, painful things to happen. I believe God knows exactly what you need and will provide for you. It might not be easy but choose life with me, choose the blessing.

13 comments:

Mary Connealy said...

It helps me so much to understand the heart of God if I remember that His over riding interest is in our souls.
Jesus' words take on a whole new meaning if we remember he is fighting for our souls, not our bodies or minds.
In your mom's life, Jesus is doing exactly the right thing for everyone's soul.

Stephanie said...

I admire your courage and the peace that you have, Jennifer. My heart goes out to all of your family! I have been reading your mom's blog and they have all moved me to tears. Fortunatly, this isn't our true home and we will be somewhere that grief doesn't exist.
Hugs and prayers for you!
Stephanie

Anonymous said...

How uplifting your words are!! My son is bi-polar and I questioned and blamed God for a long time. I choose the blessings now; I so admire your strenght and wisdom. I pray for you all each day.

Teresa from Alabama

Ava Tanner said...

Julie:

My sister and I were ministering to a woman yesterday that had been raped. The pain and questions sometimes are hard, but we have to go beyond that to the answer.

I love what you said to look at the bigger picture. An all knowing God who knows exactly what each one of us needs in this journey called life.

We were able to share a vision that God gave my sister. Her question to God was where was God when bad things happen...
He said that His arms were around her to lovingly protect her mind from harm.

As you said, God does have a plan and it is not for our harm, it is for life.

God bless you and your beautiful family.

Ava Tanner

Anonymous said...

You don't know how much I needed to hear this tonight. I have alot of questions I have been asking God. Your words spoke to me more than you will ever know. I want so badly to choose life and choose the blessing and not question but trust.

Granddaddy Dykes said...

Hi Jennifer,

What a wonderful post; so well spoken!

In the words of Job, Job 13:15
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

Love you,

Granddaddy Dykes

Shana said...

"An omnificent God who sees the bigger picture. An all knowing God who knows exactly what each and every one of us needs in this journey called life." (so eloquent, so true - and i so needed to hear it - thank you)

Anonymous said...

Hello Sweet Jennifer ~ You are your Mother. That has to be the most precious compliment you could ever receive. There will forever be circumstances that take us beyond our understanding. That statement: "I choose life. I choose to turn to God and obey Him, follow Him." How dynamic those words are, especially during the trial of your lifetime.

Thank you for your sharing with us. It means so much. I am praying for you, Julie, Milton and of course Kristy. The grandchildren pull at my heart's strings.

I loved what Granddaddy Dykes had to say..."Though he slay me, I still will trust the Lord...." That's what it's about---TRUST, FAITH, LOVE beyond all comprehension.

Love and Blessings,
Cathy

Jennifer L. Griffith said...

Yes, your family is part of a much bigger picture. God's light shines the brightest through our toughest times. Your family is in my prayers,
j

Anonymous said...

I join you and the others here, Jennifer, in choosing the blessing.

After losing my loved ones, I had virtually stopped living. I spent most of my time in the land of "Why, Lord." And it's a very depressing place! I miss my loved ones on a daily basis, but I choose to praise our good and faithful God.

The Father watched His only begotten Son, Jesus, die a horrid death to pay the price for our sins so we can live with Him in eternity. No more sickness, no more sorrow, where we're going.

God bless the Dykes family. You're all in prayers daily.

Shana said...

man, this particular post in your blog is so powerful for me. i keep coming back to read it over and over. God uses it to give me strength. may you be granted strength as you need it, too. Jesus loves you, and is using you to touch the lives of strangers, friends and family. :)

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Jennifer,

I am praying for you and your whole family. Hope little Claudia's arm will heal quickly. I love your Mom. We met through ACFW. She and I have written two books together and we submitted proposals for a few more. She has always been such an encouraging and kind friend.

Even a couple months ago she called me to see if she could connect me with another writer so we could work on a project together. She is always thinking of others and how to bless and help them. She has taught me so much by her loving example. You are blessed to have such a wonderful mom. I know you love and appreciate her too!

Love and prayers from Carrie in NJ

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