Ann Voskamp wrote a thoughtful piece about perspective. In it she states “God is only up to good work.”
That statement has the power to transform our lives, and this world,
if only we believed it.
But we don’t.
Too often, too many of us most often expect that God’s up to no-good
That he’s out to get us
Pay us back for all our failures
Such mentality is the result of sin.
For all our sophistication we’ve never really advanced much past the blame-game of the Garden of Eden.
When things go badly for us
We blame God.
It happened this way.
The flight out of Baltimore was delayed for two hours.
We sat patiently on the runway, air conditioning blasting.
The storm blew through Charlotte, allowing us to finally complete our flight.
But there were delays that required overnight stays.
Hotel bills that the airlines did not feel obligated to pay for.
“This was an Act of God,” the airline rep explained. “Sorry.”Ironic in that she was a rep for U. S. Airways.
It’s the way of thinking for too many Americans
When there is poverty, job loss, foreclosure, divorce, death, child abuse, domestic abuse, drug abuse, delayed flights, business deals or investments gone bad
Why God? we cry out. Why?
Yet, if the pilot catches a tailwind that makes all the flights on-time, and the ride pleasant, if everyone is cheerful and well-rested
Why does the airlines not make the announcement upon a smooth landing
Thank you, God?
We think of Acts of God as always being hurtful, always punishing
Why no resounding applause for the
Acts of God
that bless us?
Even our failures, says Bob Goff in his new book Love Does: The thing I love about God is that he intentionally leads us into failure.
Even in the midst of all that
God is still working for our good
for our transformation
If only we believed in His goodness
with the same conviction with which we believe
God’s out to punish us.
“I used to be afraid of failing at things that really mattered to me,but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” Bob Goff/Love Does