Monday, March 5, 2012

Why Me?

There are a lot of movies out there about going back and changing history. In "Back to the Future", teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to when his parents were young. Marty inadvertently causes his mother to fall in love with him instead of his own father which could change the whole course of history, including his very own existence.

In "The Butterfly Effect", Evan Treborn can travel back in time to inhabit his younger self and change the present, but there are unintended consequences. There always are.

I shared some of my story before. But difficult, tragic, heartbreaking things happen every day to any one of us.

And we have all asked, "Why me?"

I heard "A Thousand Things" by Christa Wells today and it struck such a deep chord. This song rings with truth and my heart is overwhelmed because this is my story...or at the very least, what I have always desired and prayed would come from it. That we would find beauty in the ashes.

There is a purpose for everything. There are no coincidences. We might wish we could go back and change history, like Marty McFly, but as most time travelers learn, changing things in the past effects the present, the future. We question things because we only have part of the whole story. And we cannot see how our actions, at each moment of our lives, could be effecting someone else (in a positive way). We know struggles hurt and we may not always understand why things happen, but be assured that good can come from something ugly. God can redeem anything.

So in the midst of the struggle, cling to God's truth and promises and trust Him to work it out.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

A THOUSAND THINGS by Christa Wells

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