I woke up early this morning with a lot on my mind. Not the usual, what do I have to do today? But, why have I been so blessed? When I think back on my life I have had many incredible experiences. I have experienced heart brake as well as great joy. I have seen much of the beauty in the world as well as witnessed the confusion and ugliness that some would have you believe is the excepted normalcy of life. I reject that. I choose to see the beauty.
One of the things I have learned is how the negative hardships we endure in life are often the greatest blessings the Lord can give us. I think back on my experience loosing a brother to cancer; failing to reach a goal which seemed important at the time; struggling to make enough money; finding out I would have children with disabilities; and many more. I marvel when I consider those whose challenges seem so far beyond my own. Life is hard. But looking back I can see the incredible blessings of God in these trials. I have learned to know God through the passing of a loved one; I learned that had particular goals been achieved my current blessings would not exist; the years I struggled financially were some of my most joyful; and my children with disabilities have taught me more about love than humanly possible.
I know that every human being is a child of God. We are His children and by that token we are important to Him. I hear those who say, “How can a God exist who allows people to suffer? I would never worship such a God.” They do not know the nature of God.
I know Heavenly Father is real and that He cares about us. As a parent loves a child He cares for every single member of the human family. He is not the kind of parent who coerces or forces us to do His will. He softly whispers, “Come unto me and let me help you.” The big confusion is why do people suffer? I believe it is because through struggle we learn to feel joy. This life is where we learn what true happiness is. “For God so loved the world that He sent his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
No person likes suffering. How does a parent feel when they take there child to the dentist? They know it will be hard on the child, but for the greater good they allow it. People suffer in different ways. Some make choices that lead to broken hearts or even hurting themselves. Others, by no fault of their own, are the recipients of terrible suffering. But why would God allow such things?
Our lives are but a dream. Heard that before? Some day each of us must return to our Creator, our Eternal Father. When we look back on our lives what will we have learned? I believe that our lives will stand as a monument for the eternities. What will matter in the hereafter will not be how much money we made; how big a house we have; or what kind of great position we have in the public eye. What will matter is how much did you SACRIFICE. How much did you learn to LOVE. How much did you have to SUFFER This is what will sit on the alter of God to last through the eternities. This is why God loves us so much. Every soul is of great worth. I plan to do a painting next year to address this subject. I will call it “Unsung Heroes.” It will focus on the incredible sacrifices of millions of every day people. I hope you will find joy this day in the blessings God has given you and remember that He is watching over you and He truly loves you.