Last night, I found myself with a heavy heart.
Yesterday morning, I read Angie's blog.
Then, I read that one of my best blogging friend's husband lost his job.
One of Wayne's hunting buddies lost his job last week, too.
A couple that we know delivered a baby girl yesterday and now the baby is in NICU with respiratory failure. The mom had a normal pregnancy.
An employee of mine is going through a separation with her husband. They are talking divorce.
I had lunch with some of my co-workers yesterday. One was fighting and no longer speaking to her grown daughter over something so trivial. Another friend is single and doesn't understand why she's not married and having babies at her age. Another friend is having an affair with a married man.
Does the world seem like it's falling apart to you sometimes?! Do you ever just want to throw your hands in the air and scream, "Enough!!"?
And what makes it even worse is that I can't necessarily put myself in their shoes because I've never experienced the things that they are going through. It's almost unfair that I should be so "fortunate."
I don't believe in fate. I do believe in Divine Intervention. I believe in something bigger than myself. I believe in "the plan" of Jeremiah 29:11 because I have experienced it. It got me through college when I wanted to throw in the towel. It got me through the CPA exam as well as tough times in my early marriage years. "The plan" got me through an ectopic pregnancy, the death of my father-in-law, depression, and the days of raising a toddler. It truly is my hope and future.
I say all of this because I believe that it is our Faith that gets us through the tough times. It's the belief that our sight is limited to the "here and now," and yet God sees the whole picture. He is the plan. And when we can't begin to understand the circumstances or the "why's," He knows the "because."
If you know someone that is struggling in some way - what ever it may be - I encourage you to pray for that person.
Last night when I was wrestling with all the "bad" things that seemed to be going on around me, this verse came to mind: "I've told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I've conquered the world" (The Message, John 16:33)