My friend, may I ask you a question? Are there times in your life when it seems that God has abandoned you? Are you talking, but it seems that God isn’t listening?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Friends are always there for you. I think that most of us would see our good friends this way. Yet, can a good friend sometime be a best friend by not being there for you? Years ago I had a friend who I considered to be a best friend. I’d known him since grade school and his locker was next to mine in High School. I was going through a tough time at one point and shared that with him. I was angry about the fact that I had not been chosen to be the editor of the school newspaper over someone else I felt was far less qualified. For a week or so after that he seemed to ignore me, barely taking time to say “hello.” Finally, I asked him what was wrong. Was he ignoring me? He smiled and told me that he wasn’t. We were still friends, but confessed he thought I was overreacting about the editorship. He wanted to give me time to think about that. I did and realized he was right. Although I thought I had lost his friendship for a time, that wasn’t true. He actually was being the best friend I could have had, as it made me stop thinking only of myself. I was looking for sympathy when all he had to give me was understanding.
The friendship I had went from sunny to partly cloudy. Despite that, the sun was always shining beyond the clouds; I just didn’t know it. Sometimes God’s presence in our lives is like that. Beyond the clouds he’s still working on and for us. It’s at these times we need to be reminded that God doesn’t change, we do.
Here’s a story: If you were riding a bike into the wind, then stopped and turned around, you might think that the wind changed because it went from hindering you to helping you. In actuality it didn't change, you did. (Unknown)
Jesus assures us in Luke 11:11-13, “How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” There will come times in our lives when it seems that God isn’t listening or that he ’s simply abandoned us. Jesus makes it clear that those party cloudy days will happen, but that we should never think that God is not a Father who only gives good gifts, just as our own earthly fathers would do. Just as my best friend went behind the clouds of my life for a time in order for me to come to a clearer understanding of how I should be acting toward those on the newspaper staff, so God does withdraw behind the clouds of our lives at times in order for us to come to grips with our lives. Everything will be explained once we come to that better understanding and God will once again appear from behind the clouds, shining brightly in our lives as the caring Father he is and always will be. God sees the bigger picture when we become myopic due to our selfishness. With bigger issues at stake than what we may be asking, we are better served when he is thus quiet, shadowed, partly cloudy, but right on the mark.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for listening to our prayers in a way that sometimes we can’t understand. We know that sometimes what we ask is not the best request and it seems you’re silent. Forgive us Lord when we forget the promise that you will never leave us or forsake us, but always be the Father who cares more than we can even know. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. Thank you for tuning into This Passing Day. Join us at thispassingday.com. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don’t let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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