Have you watched the Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, this season? I haven’t yet but, I’ve thought about it. I mean I’ve thought about the theme of the movie. I mull it over every time I look back on hard circumstances I would have rather not endured.
Maybe you too?
In the movie, the main character, George Bailey, thinks he’s about to lose it all and is wondering if the people around him would have been better off if he was never born.
I don’t think about myself in that way, never being born I mean, but I do reflect on some of the harsh happenings in my own life and consider how things might have been different if this or that hadn’t happened. I play out all the different possible scenarios in my mind but none of them compare to the here and now.
And that’s when I come face to face with God’s complete sovereignty and unfathomable love.
Every time I try to rationalize how life might have been better if certain events hadn’t taken place (for instance the death of our first child or the big job loss 11 years ago), I also see all the people that wouldn’t be in our lives and blessings we might have missed if situations had been different. Plus, I’ve witnessed how the sacrifices in my life, the hard, became opportunities in the lives of others.
Did these stinging circumstances really threaten to destroy me?
Yes, at the time they felt like they would. But God made something good out of each something bad. And when I analyze it, I find myself pondering the miraculous and the impossible made possible only by God.
And once again I’m in awe.
I don’t understand how He does it but God redeems every hurt and helps us find purpose in the worst kind of pain.
And at this time of year when we so often reflect on memories and even regrets of the past may our eyes be opened to the hope of our future made possible by Someone else’s hard.
“ … For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
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