"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for
those who are called according to his purpose."
It's hard to understand life's purpose when we are hit with blinding tragedy. At this moment we often get down on our knees, in a stance that seems more subservient, and plead our case in prayer so that our burdens may be lifted. Our friends and confidants try to assure us, "Everything happens for a reason." Yet, it is truly hard to see this reason at the present moment. We smile with gratitude stuck in our throats trying in vain to unfold this reason. Yet, we too have offered this same advice, when it doesn't directly pertain to us. Words said in ease and comfort when the cross is not ours to bear.
Suddenly those offered words of assurance have no application or bearing to the affliction we bear now. Instead, we pray, pray, and pray more seeking answers and guidance to why is this happening to me? After all, we are good people at heart, trying to savor and share his every word with those around us. Offering a shoulder and listening ear to the very children he bore for us to comfort. How can HE let this happen to US?
I guess the ultimate truth is HE prefers nothing to happen to us. Life allows incidents to happen to us. God just tries to cushion the blow. God has given this life to us with other individuals who he has bestowed with free choice,too. And sadly, this free choice blessed to others sometimes infects our own lives. God doesn't wake up one morning casting out bolts of pain and hardship to inflict our lives. Unfortunately, it may be a someone else's learning lesson we are sucked into.
But, the important thought to foster is that everything happens according to plan. And as you have previously experienced, sometimes we don't find out the execution of that plan until years down the path. After all, if we are still alive we don't know the full story yet. God is unwrapping that story during every breathing moment. To accept his plan we must be willing to grow through what we are unaware of, and outgrow what no longer fits us. To accept we must be willing to be subservient to the process that unfolds before us realizing a new plot may be unfolding and a new character may take the stage. Most importantly, we must give God our acceptance that we know he is doing the right thing at this present moment.
1. When life hits you hard grab a self help book. One Day My Soul Just Opened Up by Iyanla Vanznat is a great 40 day process in ascertaining your role in life.
2. Read When Good Things Happen to Bad People by Harold Kushner.
3. To polish your entrepreneurial skills read Go Givers Sell More by Bob and John David Mann. This book was initially written for sales persons, but has vast implications for your career personally.
4. Try The Magic of Thinking Big by David W. Schwartz and realize your dream potential again.
5. Above all don't lose your closeness with Jesus. Even though you are angry, now is not the time to pull away. Give him your hand and let him guide you through this storm.