This week, we have all seen the images and reports of the suffering and devastation in Haiti.Â And, we have heard many ask (and unfortunately, some have also answered) the question, â€œHow could a good God allow thisâ€¦this kind of suffering, this kind of pain, this kind of tragedy?â€
And yet, even in light of this tragedy, we are still blessed.Â Beyond measure, beyond our comprehension, beyond anything we could have possibly hoped for or imagined.
On most days, when we are surrounded, not by tragedy, and suffering, and despair,Â but by the multitude of blessings and gifts, freely given by our Heavenly Fatherâ€¦When our little world is â€œall as it should be,â€ do we question God then?Â Do we ask not, â€œHow could a good God allow this kind of suffering?â€ but, â€œHow could a just God allow these kinds of blessings?â€
“Mommy, I want to keep you forever.”
Bedtime snuggles with my little girl…
…followed by the weight of a sleepy, little blond head on my shoulder.
Slowly seeing order emerging from chaos.
Sparkly red toenail polish…because it just makes me happy.
A listening ear…
Quiet moments in the early mornings…to read and study.
A little “missionary in training” who wants everyone to know and love Jesus…and asks everyone she meets if they do!
Cooler weather…it actually feels like it could beÂ the middle of January!
Dark, cloudy skies in the middle of the afternoon.
A warm, dry house home.
Toys, stickers,Â crayons, andÂ dollsÂ scattered on the floor…and the couch…and the tables… I know they won’t be there forever.
New, soft, brightly colored tubs of Play-Doh.
Warm, freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies.
Our pastor reminded us yesterday that
â€œthe richness of God’s grace that surrounds all of us, Christian and non-Christian alike. And God’s goodness and mercy and grace serve not only to bless us, but to make the case against us even stronger. Because of His indisputable grace, our sin against a God like this is even more disturbing, even more disgusting, even more damning.â€
This week, may each blessing â€“ the material and tangible, as well as the invisible and spiritual â€“ serve as a reminder of how undeserving we are of each one.Â And may they cause us to look Upward in gratitude for that which we do deserve, yet do not receiveâ€¦because our Savior received it in our stead.