When I was a little girl I felt angry at the injustice of my father being taken away from me ‘suddenly’ in a car accident. I remember as a young girl about 9 yrs. old yelling at God, waving my fist to heaven saying, “How Could you do this to me God? I hate you, I will never cry again!” That was it. That one statement seemed to seal my childhood fate.
As my anger increased, my self-esteem decreased. I was constantly in fights at school, mostly with boys, with frequent visits to the principal’s office. During this time through my mother’s wisdom, and her faithful prayers, God suddenly began to do a work in me.
You see, as I heard the word of God at church, the light of Christ began to fill up those very dark places inside my soul and in my life. I began to really know that God loves me! I would read scriptures like:
Romans 8:28 - And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Even though my father was never restored to me I realized that I had a Heavenly Father.
Could God really work out a bad situation for good?
Or how about when life throws you a suddenly that’s unexpected, like my father’s death? I recently learned that three of my dear friends were diagnosed with different forms of serious cancer. Suddenly, their worlds changed.
What do we do with unexpected changes? As I was with each one of them, it was apparent they were all dealing with it differently. One resolve was that of strength and utmost faith. Another resolve was, “I’m going to walk in my blind faith and trust even though……” The third person still struggles to understand. Like the situation with my father, he was never restored to me. However, I stood in my childlike faith and let God be the boss of me.
As I went to church and read my Bible, the light of Christ began to fill up those very dark places inside my soul and in my life. I began to really know that God loves me and God’s love began to penetrate, soften, and heal those very dark places inside my soul, and healing began. I remember even crying in church from time to time. People would look at me and say, “Wow, you are suddenly not so mad anymore.” Well, I knew there was nothing sudden about it. My healing and change was a conscious effort on my part to say YES to God and NO to my pain. I chose to look outside my circumstances, let God be the boss of me, stay in my Bible, in faith, and allow God to work a miracle inside my heart.
Not all suddenlys are bad
There are suddenlys all throughout the Bible like when Jesus said to the woman, “your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish,” and her daughter was healed ‘suddenly.’ Matthew 15:28
Suddenly, you get that call you’ve been waiting for and you got the promotion at work. Suddenly, the man of your dreams pops the question and your whole world changes. Or you open your mail only to find a huge check that you weren’t expecting. Those suddenlys, as with the woman in the bible whose daughter was healed, are exciting.
What do we do with unexpected changes?
We trust, we press into our word, and we pray! We lean not on our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge HIM and HE will make our paths straight. Proverbs 3:5
We don’t drive ourselves crazy trying to figure everything out. We STAND and we REMAIN in FAITH. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen. Hebrews 11:1. How? With our childlike faith, allowing the Holy Spirit to bathe us in a deep awareness of WHO GOD IS, and keep our eyes NOT on our circumstances, but on God, and watch God suddenly work a miracle in your life, heart, mind, body, and soul, in Jesus name!