food for thought

“Just because you can’t see or imagine a good reason why God might allow something to happen doesn’t mean there can’t be one.” – Timothy Keller

Pondering these words this morning, I’ve decided to share my thoughts because I think they are different. And they might need to be heard.

At least I needed to hear them.

You see, many people will read this quote and think about how bad things happen and wonder, WHY? Why on earth does God allow bad things to happen? And, HOW? How on earth could there be a good reason for it???  
I agree. One hundred percent.
I wonder the same things all the time, even though I know we live in a fallen world and (in the simplest terms) that’s why bad things happen.

But that’s not what I’ve been pondering this morning.

Upon reading Mr. Keller’s words, I thought of how difficult it is to believe that God might actually have something good for me. God might actually have a good reason to make my hopes and dreams come true.

I’m NOT talking about winning the lottery here, folks…

I’m talking about the hopes and dreams of how God will use my life for His work. Will he use my writing? Will he use my blog? Will he use my ability to encourage? Will he use my leadership skills? Will he use the way I am courageous and try to be a reallionairre? And WHY? Why on earth would He want to use me? How can he use this imperfect life of mine for any good at all?

Do you struggle with questions like these too??? 

Just as I already know (intellectually) the answer to the question, “Why do bad things happen,” I also know (intellectually) the answer to the above questions.

Of course he will! He probably already has…
I just can’t see or imagine it.

How about you?
Can you see or imagine how God will (or is) using your life?

It would be interesting to know Timothy Keller’s thought behind his words, “Just because you can’t see or imagine a good reason why God might allow something to happen doesn’t mean there can’t be one.”



One thought on “food for thought”

  1. I used to wonder what HUGE way God was going to use my life. Because my heart didn’t seem BIG enough for that. Surely Moses felt that! His ministry started off with such a HUGE order. But in my life, it just seems like the next thing rolls up to decide upon: will I choose to put my energy and talents into THIS thing or THAT? What am I passionate about? And sometimes it’s not necessarily passion as important to my kids’ passions. And I want to support them in their lives. So all in all, I haven’t had the HUGE mission to do, but I get lots of PROJECTS to juggle. Perhaps the Lord knows I work better this way. And perhaps all this will make my heart BIGGER. Because a HUGE mission might just be in my future.


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