Mark 4:37-38(NIV)—37) A furious squall came up and the waves broke over the boat…. 38) …. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?
There will be tragedies, troubles, all kinds of worries, and heartbreaking events in our lifetime. These events may get to the extreme point of overtaking us, as if we were witnessing a levee breaking and watching the water rush upon us with no way out. These events may be very overwhelming when we think no one cares, not even God. You may even think, “Why did God let this happen to me?” When the truth of the matter is, God did not cause that situation. While there is sin in our world, we are guaranteed to have struggles and burdens.
God gave us free will. This gives us the choice to either obey Him and live in His will, or do our own will. God allows certain trials into our lives for different reasons. He could be teaching a lesson in loving others or patience, guiding us to trust in Him, or to get our attention. He might even be testing us to see if we will turn to Him for solace. God always does what is best for us.
God is in control. He turns bad situations into something worthwhile for going through the fire. He gives us the strength and measures to get through every circumstance that arises. When my infant son died at 4 months old, I thought it was the end of my world. God turned this heartbreaking tragedy into a wonderful relationship with Jesus. This dreadful time in my life brought me back to God and I started to go back to church. I had not gone to church over ten years. This is when I learned about Jesus’ sacrifice, not just for the whole world, but for me personally. The sufferings He went through to save me from eternal death were horrific. I owe Him my life. He also died for you so that you may have eternal life.
When I learned to trust in God and believed that He would never leave me nor forsake me, this faith helped me through the tragedy of losing my beautiful baby. I still miss my son terribly, but God gave me hope knowing that I will see Andrew again when God brings me home. That is His promise to me.
I hope you know how much God loves and cares for you. He wants you to come to Him and live in Christ. He won’t give you more than you can handle without having an escape route. He will not abandon you nor leave you to suffer alone. God gave me a relationship with His Son, that I will treasure forever. Jesus is my strength and inspiration and He is my personal savior. God is my refuge when the world’s troubles become too much for me. I pray that you,also, choose this relationship.