If you missed yesterday’s post, start there. Each post this week will build on one another.
First, things first. Have you started a Covid-19 journal yet? If not, start there. Go and order a fancy journal on Amazon if that would motivate you. I usually just grab an old notebook. Staple some loose paper together if that’s all you have. After this is all over, you will be glad you kept a journal during this time.
In yesterday’s post I shared about answers people gave me to the question of ‘why’. People had a lot of thoughts about why bad things happen to good people.
What answers have people given you?
I want you to take some time and write them down. With each answer write about how you feel about that answer. Do you believe it? How does it make you feel? Do you feel defensive? Does it make you feel angry?
If you are struggling to know where to start, take a look at these. These are the common answers people gave me.
God allows bad things to happen so that people can see his power and glory. The story of Lazarus is the prime example. Lazarus’s sisters came to Jesus begging him to come and heal Lazarus. John 11:4 tells us that ““When he heard this, Jesus said, ‘This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.’”
God allows bad things to happen to good people because God uses it to develop perseverance and character. I don’t know how many times I heard James 1:2-4 quoted to me. It states “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything.”
God sees the big picture. Each human has an important role to play in the world. God sees the whole picture. Our actions and experiences have ripple effects. Our struggles could lead to someone else’s victory.
I would love to hear your answers! If you feel comfortable, comment below. Or send me an email: Lisdschmidt@gmail.com.