By Michael L. Ritchie D.C.
Forrest is sitting on the bench waiting for the bus to arrive that will take him to his beloved Jenny’s apartment. The road for him had taken many twists and turns and life was not always kind. When he was a child, he struggled with a low IQ and was bullied for that. With love from his mother, he trusted that things would work out.
Momma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
Our journeys are just as uncertain. One of life’s biggest questions, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Life appears to be unfair and then we die. Many of us are spending huge financial resources and much time in therapy trying to figure out why this is the case.
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Job was an honest, God-fearing man, but one day he lost his family, possessions, and his health. That just doesn’t seem fair, does it? Job’s friends did their best to comfort him and were even able to keep their mouth shut for a brief time, but ultimately blamed Job for his misfortune. ”You must have done something horrible to cause God to allow this to happen.”
Forrest barely graduated from High School and got a football scholarship to college. He had run from the bullies so much that he developed an amazing ability to dodge his attackers. His crooked legs straightened and became powerful by wearing braces on his legs for years. In other words, he became stronger by the things that he suffered. Graduating from college, he joined the military and added discipline to his character. Ultimately by doing what smarter people had told him, he saved many lives and became a war hero.
The Bible says to Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
God is not in the business of making our lives easy, he is in the business of making us better people by working the good and bad things ultimately for our good.
So, why did the storm destroy that new house, your daughter gets pregnant out of wedlock, you lose your job and your dog dies? I do not know. Job asked God the same questions and God basically replied. “Job do you want my job. You are going to have to trust me in this.”
Paul prayed to God to take away the “thorn in the flesh” that was hindering his ministry. God’s reply. “My grace is enough for you; my strength is perfected by weakness”
We need to stop trying to understand what happens to us and start trusting God. That he loves us and each difficult thing that happens to us is refining us into the person that he created us to be.
In the end Job understood that his trials were refining him as gold!
Forrest sat on that bench waiting for the right bus to come along not knowing that Jenny’s apartment was a few short blocks away. For a man who had jogged across the continent, his destination, his love, his blessings were right around the corner.
In the end remember, Life is still a box of chocolates but even the sour cherry ones are coated with chocolatey goodness!
Will you trust God and stop trying to figure him out?
God is Working
God works all things
Together for our good
Only have to trust him
Only if we would
Will direct our steps
No matter what the weather
Takes good and bad
Mixes them together
Time after time I’ve seen
He is working behind the scenes
God is still working
All things together for our good
Michael L. Ritchie DC
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.