Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Show Me a Unicorn: Crisis of Faith


"Sometimes bad things happen to good people." We've all heard it. It's the thing we say when we can't explain why something has happened to someone we don't feel deserved the punishment we feel God has meted out for the situation.

I am ready to see something good happen to someone who's been kicked in the teeth more times than they deserve. I'm ready to see something good happen to someone where they don't feel like it's a fluke. I'm ready to see God step in and say, "Enough is enough. You've proven yourself. Here... rest." I'm tired of hearing people say, "God only gives you what you can handle" while I watch people struggle with hardship upon hardship. If you weren't raised with faith how can you know when it's time to throw in the towel? Show me the God who gives someone a blessing that doesn't come in the disguise of a tragedy for a change. Show me the God who gives someone who doesn't know him a blessing where they see without having been shown the love they deserved to have been shown all along.

You know those stories from people about how they were in the midst of a terrible situation, suffering the fates of their actions, and they found God and then God made their lives x times better? Sure you do. We hear it all the time from prisoners. It usually goes something like, "I did a really bad thing. Then I got caught. Then I went to prison. Then I found God and he told me I shouldn't do bad things. Now I don't do them and now my life is better."

I'm ready to see God step in and show someone his glory before they are sitting in a jail cell. When a child is raised by being kicked in the teeth how can they possibly believe that simply telling themselves that something exists....that it does. They did that with parents who didn't follow through and neighbors who just kept quiet when they should have stepped in. I'm ready for God to give someone a sign when they weren't begging to see it.

How often do you hear people say, "I just wish I could one time see a real life unicorn so I could believe in unicorns!" We don't. We don't because we've stopped believing that unicorns could possibly exist. When you see someone who has come up hard with every road block thrown in their path, how can you NOT wish that God would step in and say, "Hey, I know you don't know me. I know you don't believe I'm real, but let me show you something awesome. 'BAM!' Okay, cool right? So let's start over. Hi, I'm God. I'd like to show you love."

How do you explain a miracle to someone who has yet to experience one? How do you tell someone to just believe, when every single thing they've believed in has failed them? Crisis of faith? You're damned right. I was raised to see the miracles. I believe in the little things. I grew up believing that there was always a balance. When I see someone important to a person I care about facing a tragedy and I know that person hasn't been raised with faith, I can't help but ask..."God, maybe this once... show them love."

While I'm at it, I might as well ask that instead of everyone wishing others would see God "their" way, that they could just wish that God would show himself in other's lives. Stop wishing for everyone to see things your way and just wish God would show them love.

Alright... I'm done now. :) Thanks for letting me rant.

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