I survived a wreck today.
Actually, that makes it sound much worse that it really was.
I was in a three-car fender-bender where the car behind me got hit from behind and ended up bumping into me.
I ended up with a dinged-up bumper and some shaky nerves.
It could have been so much worse.
I often wonder why God allows His people to go through dark valleys of suffering.
I know that the world we live in is broken and all of creation is affected by the fall and original sin. Plus, there’s that little matter of free will.
I also know that sometimes it takes a little pain to get our attention and remind us that our lives are about more than just us and our pleasure.
I believe that there are some precious truths and lessons that can be learned no other way than going through the dark night of the soul.
We find true community when we come together to share each others burdens and be strong for the ones who can’t be strong for themselves.
I still believe that there is no situation any of us will ever go through that is so dire where we cannot discover small blessings and at least something to be thankful for.
The Psalmist said that even in the deepest and darkest valley he would ever walk through, the Shepherd was with him.
There is nothing that will ever come against the child of God that Jesus has not already faced and defeated once and for all on that Cross of Calvary. Nothing.
That means that any trial is temporary and any affliction is fleeing and momentary.
You can survive just about anything if you can see beyond it to something better. Even Jesus endured the cross, knowing the joy that awaited Him on the other side.
Ultimately, I still believe that every day I wake up is grace and everything beyond that is gravy and there are a multitude of blessings and gifts to be found along the way with those who see with eyes of faith.