Good things happen to good people, and bad things happen to bad people. Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people.
It’s the second sentence or statement we all struggle with in life. And I feel like this is the reason many people question how there can be a good God or one at all. One could look at my accident, a friend who was in an accident during a bicycle race resulting in a traumatic brain injury that he has had to work through now, a missionary on a mission trip who has a brain aneurysm, and then a recent blow received regarding a friend, a really close friend who now has a battle on his hands. As I try to write this in between wiping the tears from my face I am just really overwhelmed with emotions and questions.
I don’t understand cancer………. I don’t like it and I don’t understand how it picks the people it does. I have known countless people that have had to fight this who are healthy and live good lifes. And then you see those people who have been smoking and drinking and other activities and they just seem to go forever.
So today I’m writing because I been going over this topic of how bad things can happen to good people. And for over a month I have only been able to come up with one response for answer. And I continually go back to my favorite Scripture in the Bible John 16:33 and it states…. For trouble WILL come but to take peace in him for he has overcome the world. So it’s in these hard times when I so want to question God and raise my fist and yell at him because I don’t understand and I’m frustrated and I’m hurt. Times like these where I make myself go back to that Scripture and I rest in that peace that I have in salvation and what was accomplished by the cross. And I remind myself we were never guaranteed an easy life and even Christ himself suffered one of the most horrific deaths so that we could know that John 16:33 is a reality because at the cross is where he conquered everything. And even John 3:16 says that for God so loved the world that he GAVE his only begotten son that whoever would believe in him would not perish but have everlasting life………..
So as I cry, and I hurt, I pray for my friend’s strength through this, I pray for his family and I pray they would have and know that peace that can only come from Christ himself.
So I write today asking that you join me in prayer for a miracle for my friend and his family and I write today to get this thought that has been on my mind for a while that I think so many of us ask and don’t understand out there. And I pray that for those that want to blame Christ or God when bad things happen that this would maybe help you look at it a little different. And instead go to him for their/your peace as there is no peace in anything else. Science or any other methodology out there or theology or whatever can answer this question of why bad things happen to good people.
And to my friend should you read this, I love you and I am ready to fight with you and for you and cry with you. And like I told you, as I have not let this injury define me you will not let this define you that is not who we are.
When I ponder such thoughts I realize my heart and mind are at battle so to speak and my soul ( mind will & emotion) needs to make a decision as to which I chose to follow. It is not easy! It is a constant choice, and when pain is involved my desperate cry is ” Help me Jesus” – and He is faithful. Then I need to realize His ways are not my ways; His timing is not mine. More than one time I have said ” Lord You tell us You will not give us more than we can handle – Lord I am there” frequently it is then I feel His hand on me & He says, Cathie I am with you. I guess my conclusion is bad things happen to everyone, good things happen to everyone – that would be me – I chose to follow You Lord Jesus! Life is a journey and each day is a gift, I am so thankful I am not on this journey alone.