Plans and Compassion
"When the Lord saw the woman, he felt sorry for her and said, "Don't cry!"
Jesus went over and touched the stretcher on which the people were carrying the dead boy. They stopped, and Jesus said, "Young man, get up!" The boy sat up and began to speak. Jesus then gave him back to his mother."
Jesus had a plan on the way to the town of Nain, and only God knows if that plan included bringing this boy back to life. When Jesus saw the woman he felt sorry for her..."Our Lord is compassionate and is moved by his love for us.
Sometimes I tend to forget that! God has a plan for us and he could move straight through that plan without compassion more like the school of hard knocks that I attend quite often.
I recently felt that God had abandoned me! Knowing it's not true according to his word, didn't keep me from feeling with it and having to deal with the emotional fallout. I felt abandoned and no amount of knowing it wasn't true wasn't going to change that until I took it to God. And sometimes as a follower, we have to deal with the emotions to get to what we truly believe. I think I have heard it's a crisis of faith - but whatever it's called, its not fun. It's at this time that you sit down and take a long look at your faith. You ask the questions, and you either take those questions, doubts and concerns to God or turn away. Asking them isn't a problem when you are taking them to him. Yes God has a plan, but he is compassionate and understanding. He knows we will experience doubts, concerns and fears. This morning, when I read this, I felt like God was putting his arms around me and telling me "Don't Cry!"
As God, he doesn't have to answer my questions, he doesn't have to ease my fears, and he doesn't have to listen to me cry and complain and still pause to offer me comfort in my distress! Especially distress caused from my own misunderstanding and doubts. When you love someone, you feel their pain and God loves us! Does that mean that every time we are in pain, God will show up and remove it? No I don't think so because pain in a lot of ways is a great teacher and sometimes that is the only way some will learn. But before you get upset, I am not saying that God brings the pain to us! I believe that a lot of the pain we suffer is the consequence of our own decisions. That doesn't stop God from feeling compassion, but only he knows the good that will come from the pain.
Why did Jesus save the womans son? The bible only says that Jesus felt sorry for her! Why does God allow us the suffer in some circumstances and not in others. I think the answer is easy. He loves us and all circumstances are used to draw us closer to him. As I consider this, I realize that my focus was on the situation I was praying about, far more than the one I was praying too. God didn't abandon me, but he did draw my focus back where it belongs.
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