What God Doesn’t Do

After an intense, and very soul searching conversation with three of my dear spiritual friends, I was sharing with Joel that one key thing I continue to learn about God and our relationship with Him, is that He doesn’t always fix everything. He is the Divine Healer of our sorrows. He is the Redeemer. He is the Rebuilder. But that does not mean that in this life, things will be fixed. It doesn’t mean that the path we are on will suddenly be unaltered by consequences.

This is a tough one for me. I guess that is probably because I am such an idealist. I want to see the rainbow at the end of the storm, and better yet the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I want to make lemonade from every lemon thrown my direction. And when it’s too much, I want to call in heavenly back-up to make that lemonade extra sweet.

As I shared this with Joel, Roman’s voice rippled from the back seat, “Yea, and why doesn’t God fix it?”

I didn’t even know he had been listening, and now he was asking the very question, my heart had pondered and mulled over. Before I could offer a suitable answer, he continued.

“Oh, I know the answer. I know this. It’s because God has something better for us.” Now I know this response coming from a five-year-old, may sound text book. It may sound trite. Like two plus two equals four. And in a sense, that may be the only way in which he understands this answer. But his words penetrated my soul, speaking volumes of God’s faithfulness, partially because they were said with such childlike faith. He may not truly grasp the fullness of this answer. But he believes God is good. And He knows we can trust Him, even when we don’t see that good. Right now, he may be parroting answers he’s heard before, but those answers are formative. And our family is living on that truth daily.

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