If only?


My friend, may I ask you a question? When bad things happen to us, do we find ourselves asking “If only God had intervened?” What about God? If it’s true that all things are under his control, why doesn’t he always make things right before bad things take over?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.


“If only I had driven just a little faster over that last few blocks; I would have made it through this red light on the yellow!” How often have you found yourself saying that? “If only this or only that!” I do it all the time. It’s human nature to make excuses when things don’t turn out the way we want them to. We tell ourselves that “if only” one little thing or condition had been different, then everything would have turned out differently. Yet for that statement to be true, we would have to have been in control of all the factors surrounding our bad luck. Are we able to control the electrical power or sequence switch that controls the traffic light? For that matter, can we control the speed of the other drivers around us? When you come right down to it, there’s very little we can control when it comes to traffic lights or anything else, for that matter.

When bad things happen to us, do we find ourselves asking as well: “If only God had intervened?” What about God? If it’s true that all things are under his control, why doesn’t he always make things right before bad things take over? Isn’t it a matter of his timing?

Here’s a thought from Dr. Raleigh Jenkins: “I read once of a mother who had lost her only child, a son, in an auto accident. The mother became bitter and resentful of God and cried out in anguish; “Where were you God when my child needed you?” The silence, with no apparent answer, drove her into a deeper darkness. She found an enormous gulf separating her from the God she had been in love with since she was a young child! After suffering in a dungeon of hatred and bitterness for some time; not allowing anyone to talk to her about God’s Grace and Goodness, one day alone crying, she bellowed out in a scream, “Where were you when my son died?” Removed, as she so often wanted to be and being exhausted, she fell across the bed; however, within a few moments, a silence came into the bedroom, and a tender, loving voice spoke back to her: “The same place I was when MY son died!”(Dr. Raleigh D. Jenkins)

When troubles hit, we often lose our spiritual strength and begin to doubt that God even cares any more. If only he did really care, things could have turned out differently. Is he really in control? Or, as some have said, is he asleep, unwilling to interfere in our lives? It comforts us to know this, however: Since God chose to give Jesus into death on the cross, he’s also willing, because of his love for us, to give us into hardship and sorrow. It’s not that he isn’t there for us. But like that traffic light, sometimes it’s just good to come to a stop, even when we’re set on going. The good that may come of it is known only to God and we must be content with that. If only we could . . . if only.

We pray. Heavenly Father, Lord, heal me. Heal in me whatever you see needs healing. Heal me of whatever might separate me from you. Heal my memory, heal my heart, heal my emotions, heal my spirit, heal my body and heal my soul . . . Lay your hands gently upon me and Heal me through your love for me. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://theprayingwoman.com/6-prayers-to-pray-when-you-desperately-need-gods-help–adapted)

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. 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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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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