I think in comprehending God’s unfailing love for us we come up far short of understanding the enormity of it. We often interpret things in life only through our own self-serving and usual finicky rational. Even believers can sometimes see only the immediate, forgetting that it is an unparalleled love playing out in our lives. How often have you heard someone say, if God really loved me I wouldn’t be going through this hard time. Whether it be:
* A loose of a job
* A diagnosis of a really scary disease
* A breakup of a relationship, or maybe more to the point,
* A loss of a loved one.
Such was the case with Mr. Nicholas Wolterstroff, who turned from his Christian beliefs to atheism, after his 25-year old son died in a traffic accident that pushed his car into the Boston harbor. He claimed that if there was really a God, such a tragedy would not have happened to such a young man who had his whole life ahead of him. What this man in his grief failed to remember is that the same scenario played out on Calvary where a Father’s innocent Son suffered such a horrific death (On the cross).
When things are going well we claim to be ‘all in’ with God’s love, but when things begin to go badly, we’re tempted to wonder, if God really loved me, WHY. But as we see in Ephesians 3:18 Paul exhorts us to remember, that regardless of the trial there is something bigger and more loving taking place and to that point, He writes, “May you understand how long, how wide and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, even though it is too great to understand fully.” The take away is that we’re not always given the whys and wherefores for what comes our way in life, yet find real comfort knowing it is always in accordance with Your unfailing love.
Let us pray: Lord Your unfailing and unequaled love empowers us to take this journey, trusting in Your perfect will for each of our lives. We pray that our dismays and disappointments may always lead us to a fearless perspective of Your great love. In Jesus’ name pray. Amen.
Lt. Charles Plumb was a Navy Academy graduate and flew 75 missions in Vietnam before he was short down, captured & spent 6 years as a North Vietnamese prisoner. After the war & his release, Years later He and his wife while in a restaurant had a stranger walk up to them calling the Vet by his name and recounted everything that day after his jet left the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. While the former pilot sat astounded the stranger finally identified himself as the man that packed his parachute, and it is that conversation would change the pilot’s purpose in life.
Now, Plumb asks his audiences “Who’s packing your parachute?” You see, everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. As Mr. Plumb recounts he needed many different kinds of parachutes and would bring him to safety. There was:
* His physical parachute
* His chute mental parachute
* His emotional parachute and
* His spiritual parachute
Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what’s really important. When was the last time we failed to simply say hello, to someone, or to congratulate or compliment someone on a job well done or just do something nice for no reason at all? God has packed our and eternal parachutes in His love., and may we do the same for those we meet today, this week, this month & this year.
By Jerry K.