Guest writer, Janette Faulkner shares her perspective on a thought-provoking quote: “If we threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.” Janette writes:
There are things in my life that I wish weren’t there; but there are also blessings in my life that I would like to keep. What if the two are related? What if getting rid of some of my problems would result in losing some of my blessings? What if it isn’t heads or tails, but heads and tails?
Everything, the good and the bad and the ugly, has brought me to today. Where I am and who I am and how I am is the culmination of cause and effect. Remove any of those causes, and the effect would change.
If I ask God, “Why?” when terrible things happen, then I also have to ask, “Why are You so good to me?”
And God is very good to me. In the midst of turmoil I still receive provision of food, shelter, clothing, companionship, and so much more.
So I will keep my pain. I own it. Just like I own my pleasures. Both are illustrations of me, like my cross. The negative is a horizontal line and keeps me calling out for help, trusting in God. The positive is a vertical line which keeps me thanking God, loving Him, reminding me I am Heaven bound and inviting others into this truth.
Thanks, Janette for letting me share your insights.
Like many, Janette has a story of pain, betrayal, and loss. Yet she chooses to dwell on the restoration she’s found not in spite of it, but because of it. An encouraging perspective.
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