Pat Answers

Fire

I hate pat answers.  Trite responses.  I'm sure you know the type - the type that, when the person walks away from you, you are left feeling patronized, empty, and perhaps a bit angry.

I remember hearing those so often after the death of my daughter.  

"Time heals all wounds."

<Newsflash - you never get over the death of a child.  You learn to live with it by the grace of God.>

"It was God's will."

<Don't get me started on that one.>

Then there are the responses we can get to our illnesses.  We don't pray enough.  We don't believe enough.  There is sin in our lives.  

I cringe when I hear those things.  I know that sometimes there might be a bit of truth to any of those - but to write off our challenges that was is so disheartening.

I found this portion of scripture today.

Psalm 66:8-1 (NIV)

Praise our God, all peoples,

let the sound of his praise be heard;

he has preserved our lives     

and kept our feet from slipping. 

1o  For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver. 

11 You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs.

12 You let people ride over our heads;     

we went through fire and water,   

but you brought us to a place of abundance."

Yes, it speaks to God allowing challenges in our lives.  That is I personally believe, as I have said before, the result of living in a fractured world.  Bad things happen.

Yet, God will ultimately bring us to a place of abundance.

I would so much rather hear that yes, there is that fiery furnace.  Yes, there are burdens we carry.  Yes, people can be incredibly mean.  Yes, it is as if we are going through events that feel like storms that will overtake us.

But, God is faithful.  And He promises that place of abundance.  Maybe not today.  maybe not tomorrow.  It's not mine to explain why or when or how - but that He will. His words will not return empty.

I strive not to make this blog a blog of pat answers - for I know that there are none.  But I do know that there is an ultimate answer to our illnesses - our pain - our challenges.

That ultimate answer is God.

Father God, Help us to know that the pat answers we are given are given out of another's need to try to help.  Help us to see them as such.  At the same time, help us to know - deep within- that the time of abundance will come.  Amen and amen.

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