Sunday, December 16, 2012

Vintage Gwen Chapel-Don't Worry, There's Still A God

Well this past week is definitely one for the record book.  
It started out with my sister in law having to have her baby early.  Which resulted in a miracle that weighed 3 pounds, 2 ounces and about 15 inches long! Then the week ended with the tragedy  in Newton. And now I've started the weekend on another high note getting to be a guest at really a perfect wedding of true loves. 
God is so amazing.  Everyday He is. 
 Witnessing my nephew's birth and him having to go through normal preemie testing and have everything be normal is truly a miracle.  I was {and still am} in a state of extreme belief in God.  Not that I have ever doubted Him before but I just had this sense of  "I will not be convinced otherwise!" I refuse it!
Boom!
Then a senseless act. Unfairness. 
And many asking is there a God?  Funny to me that people always ask that in times of tragedy.  Of course there is a God!  He's the same one in all our good times!
He never said life would be a bed of roses everyday. He did say He would be with us through it all, no matter what.  
After Friday morning there were 2 things I couldn't stop thinking about a midst the sad heart I had. 
1. Good people will never fully understand evil. And evil people will never understand good. 
That doesn't mean there's not hope for evil people, because there is. He's called Jesus. 
And 2. The shooter was a lost life too. What about his family? I'm not in any way approving of what he did.  But it is God's will for no one to perish.  
"The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9 NIV

At times like these is when we should rely on the Word more than ever.  This morning I sat and looked up scriptures with the word 'mourn' and 'comfort' in them. And here's my bookmarks.

Matthew 5:4 NIV
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."

Psalm 23:4 NIV
"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."

Psalm 119:50 AMP
"This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction; that Your word has revived me and given me life."

Keeping these close to my heart through the coming days.
Hope you find comfort in them as well.

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