Mound Visits, 7/23/19
When bad news hits us like a ton of bricks, how do we react? Some people outwardly show remarkable faith and a phenomenally positive attitude. Others are knocked to their knees with dread while their minds take them on a journey they don’t want to go on.
Does victim number one have more faith than victim number two? Not necessarily. Some people simply react to potentially negative life changing news better than others. Some process quickly and move on with a stiff upper lip, while others deal with waves of heavy doubts and fears. Eventually, all of those with faith in Christ reach up and take the hand of the One who calms the storms and speaks peace to troubled hearts.
For those of us who take bad news with ongoing heaviness of heart, we are just as close to God…it just takes us a while longer to reach out our hand to Him. Faith isn’t the same for everyone. John followed Jesus to the cross, while the other disciples scattered like a covey of quail. But does anyone doubt Peter’s love for Christ and the impact he had for the kingdom? It’s not our place to judge how someone travels on their journey of faith. It is our place to support them, pray for them and love them in the valleys and on the hilltops.
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:1-3a)