DayBreaks for 01/07/2019: I Created You
From the DayBreaks Archive, 01/05/09:
This past Christmas was not an easy one for many people for a variety of reasons. Many have recently lost jobs, others fear a pink slip in the near future. Some have had diagnoses that take one’s breath away and leave them trembling and numb with fear. Some spent the holidays for the first time in decades without a beloved spouse, parent, child or sibling. There are many causes of pain and hurt in this world. And we often get angry at God and wonder, “Why don’t You do something about all this, God?”
In his book, Holy Wild, Mark Buchanan relates a story in a letter that he got from a missionary couple he knew in Brazil. When I read this the first time, I wept: “Driving through the Christmas traffic, fighting the drizzling rain, I chanced on a four-year-old little girl. She was wet and cold and shaking. Her clothes were ragged, her hair was matted, and her nose was running. She walked between the cars at the stoplight, washing headlights because she was too short to was windshields. A few gave her coins, others honked at her to get away from their vehicles.
“As I drove away only some fifty cents poorer, I raged at God for the injustice in the world that allowed the situation. ‘God, how could you stand by, helpless?’ Later that evening, God came to me softly with that still small voice and responded not in kind to my rage, but with tenderness, ‘I have done something. I created you.”
We will all likely face a world of hurt and pain this year. It has been so from the beginning – with some periods of time being more painful than others. I’m not a prophet like Isaiah, but I think this year will be a very painful year for humanity. Rather than rage at God in bitterness and anger, let’s remember that He created us for a purpose – for good works in Christ. May we be about our Father’s business in the midst of a sea of hurt.
1 John 3:11-14 (NIV) – This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. Qe know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.
Prayer: Father, we are fearful as we enter this new year. We are fearful for the pain our loved ones may face, for the pain that we may face personally. It is so easy for us to become paralyzed by our fear and pain and to be so afraid that if we give something away to those who are needy, that we may have a shortage ourselves later. Help us to remember that we were created not to be selfish, but to love one another – not just in heart, but in deed as well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>