Friday, May 18, 2007

Blessings In Disguise

It is easy to praise and love God when things are going right, but when things go wrong will you still praise and love Him the same? Sometimes life challenges and tragedies are blessings in disguise.

I just spent the night in a hospital waiting room with my best friend, Rae, whom I have known since the second grade. Rae's dad had a stroke last night. The scene is all too familiar to me since my family and I went through the same ordeal nine years ago when my dad had his stroke. Her cousins and I sat in a circle in the waiting room and listened to Pastor Gary's words of comfort and assurance.

Pastor Gary asked a bold question to Rae and Kevin "If God allowed your dad to pass away, will you still love God and will your relationship with Him change?" That is a tough question to answer especially at a time of crisis and uncertainty. Rae and Kevin both answered firmly that they would still love and praise God the same if their dad passed away. Pastor Gary pointed out that it is good when we can still love God when things go wrong because our love for Him is not conditional. We would love Him no matter what the outcome was. That sin would not win because our relationship with God would not change.

Sometimes life challenges and tragedies are blessings in disguise because it reminds me to always lean on God through the highs and especially the lows of my life. Perhaps it is His way of reminding me that I need Him. Please keep my uncle Art and his family in your prayers.

9 comments:

Melissa said...

Prayers for your friend and her family. I'm glad she has such a wonderful friend like you to stand by her during it all.

Mr. Graves said...

Good things to hear. I'm glad that His love is not conditional, or else He would have left me in the dust of my sins long, long ago.

CNMI Blogger said...

Bev,
Prayers for your friend Rae and her dad and family. I know it's a difficult time for everyone now. I know it means a lot to her to have you by her side.

Don't forget to take care of yourself, too.

Gina said...

Bev,
Gloria P. gave me your blog address.
I am so sorry to hear about Rae's dad. Rae, her dad, and her family are in our prayers. It is a blessing that you are able to be with her right now...

Deece said...

Prayers for Rae, her father, and her family.

I clung even tighter to God when James was in the hospital last November. It's sad, but in my life I've found that it's easier to push Him aside when things are going well.

(If you want to, when you have the time, I tagged you on my blog.)

Bev said...

Hey everyone. Thanks for your prayers =)

Bev said...

Gina, email me at beverly.cabanatan@gmail.com I have been trying to get a hold of you!! talk soon.

BoReGo said...

Done Bev. Will continue to pray.

Sean said...

Praying. . .