10. No One Knows
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“No man knows when his hour will come” (Ecclesiastes 9:12a).
Suffering’s wake shouldn’t shock us as it rolls through our lives. We’re guaranteed it will happen, and the only way to prepare our lives to survive it is by preparing our hearts to endure it.
“As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them” (Ecclesiastes 9:12b).
“Fall unexpectedly,” does’t mean “deservedly.” Sometimes we forget that not all sufferings are answerable in this world. There will be times when we experience Job-like suffering; he never earned any of the consequences his life endured. There was another war going on around him, and a conversation between God and the devil that he knew nothing about, and his friends (convinced he somehow got what he deserved) knew nothing about.
The heartache that we endure on this earth is not always explainable; not in a way our minds can comprehend. Though we are made in His image, we are not Him. To get through this tumultuous time that we live in, we must release our grip on explanation and let Him love us through. Sometimes, that will look like a miracle. Other times, our hope of healing may come along with heaven. No matter what, we can’t lose hope.
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Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ on her blog, http://sunnyand80.org. “Mom” is the most important calling on her life, next to encouraging others to seek Him first … authentically. A writer, dance mom, substitute teacher, youth worship leader/teacher and Bible Study leader, she can often be found having some kind of an adventure in the small little lake town where she resides with her husband of ten years, two daughters, and their Golden-doodle.