Sometimes, I just don’t get it. Why do bad things happen to me? Have I done something wrong? Why is God allowing this? There are some things that happen that honestly don’t make sense, and I understand that He can turn any bad situation into something good—that if I let Him take the wheel, He’ll take care of everything. I understand it. But not all of the time. When you’re in the midst of pain, it’s just so easy to forget that He’s there. Whenever something bad happens, I like to play a game with myself. I look at the situation and think of all the good things that could come of it—all of the reasons God would allow this to happen, except sometimes I can’t think of anything, and this is what God spoke to me about.
I read a lot, and I love reading, so I need glasses. I knew I needed them a couple of years before I got them, because I’d look at something, and I’d know that’s not how it was supposed to look. I didn’t really know the lines were blurred or the image was out of focus, because that was all I had known. Whenever I realized that I couldn’t see correctly, it would make me so upset, and I would almost cry. So maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but I had a strong yearning to see everything the way it was supposed to be.
Then I got glasses. The sharp, defined lines and the clarity blew me away. I would just stare at things, marveling at how clear-cut they were. I switched to contacts over a year ago. A few months ago, the last pair of contacts I’d had expired, and I didn’t go to the optometrist for another month or so afterwards. At that time, I knew everything was blurrier than it was supposed to be, but it didn’t depress me like it used to. Of course, I was excited to see everything clearly once more, but I could wait. I knew it was only a matter of time until I got my new pair of contacts, so in the mean time, I wasn’t going to let my blurred vision get in the way.
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”
–1 Corinthians 13:12
So, why does God let bad things happen?
Well, as long as we’re on earth—as long as we’re in our human form—we can’t see clearly. We’re not built with that capacity. But you know what? That’s okay. Sure, it’d be nice to know what on earth God is doing or what He’s planning, but sometimes we just need to go on faith. We can’t let this lack of clarity frustrate us. It’s something that needs to be accepted, so we can move on and continue to serve God. Even though everything’s blurry now, just remember it won’t always be like this. One day, everything will be clear. So, be patient.
After all, it’s only a matter of time before you get your new contacts. 😉
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