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Joy: From the Ground Up

To Have Faith April 1, 2015

Filed under: Man's Best Friend — Wiley Schmidt @ 9:29 pm
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It’s one of those things when you don’t even know what to say. All roads point to everything not good. There is nothing positive. No silver lining. And there is nothing anyone can do about it. Crisis. From the ground up, it’s not my strong suit. Think with the Heart

Tonight it’s happening to a close friend of the family. Someone close to my heart is struggling with a very emotionally challenging situation that is making her question everything. Which makes my heart ache. Because I wish I could intervene. I wish I could step in and make it all better somehow. Yet I know I can’t. In fact, if watching people as long as I have has taught me anything, usually you make it worse when you try.

So I do what I can do. I listen. I love. And I pray. Sometimes that’s all you can do.

“The world is a crazy, beautiful, ugly complicated place, and it keeps moving on from crisis to strangeness to beauty to weirdness to tragedy,” suggested American journalist David Remnick.

Most days I believe in the dichotomy of the world around us, though I simultaneously choose to embrace joy and cast aside negativity. Yet I also know and respect that is not always how life is. There are ups and downs and good times and bad times, but I think that’s where the grey area stops and black and white begins.

Because you can’t have one without the other. Life balances out, naturally, often without any thanks to what we do or don’t do. God works it out, just as He intended, and just as He planned.

I know this knowledge may not help in the moment. Not in the crazy awful grizzly moments when you don’t know what to say. It may seem like all roads point to everything not good and there is nothing positive and no silver lining. But it’s not up to us in those cases to find any of that. It will find us.

Because it’s in these moments, in the midst of crisis, when it’s most important to have faith.

So tonight I pray.

 

 

2 Responses to “To Have Faith”

  1. Lyn Says:

    God works it out, just as He intended, and just as He planned. Oh absolutely He does. In fact, it says so in His word to us: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

  2. “Me too”. “That’s all I could do”, actually, that’s what we “have” to do in those moments,…. And you just said a lot about it, especially that,… “it will find us”, (… cause God always web the answers through, for any on going situation with us”…always the good “Abba” )….Yes,… some times we can call it too: “Time to wait”, or may be…” If it is meant to be, who are you to change that, time to believe it”, ( this is from a Chinese “wisdom” cookie…have you heard from the “Chinese food”, and the “Chinese wisdom cookies”??, “ha!!”..”ha!!”, hopes, and smiley faces are good too, in those moments. By the way I collect them), you know, the Chinese wisdom cookies, always surprise me. ,,,,See.. what I just told you, “Abba”, will find the way in any given situation, and He will reach to us….There is another one that says:…..”The sky seems small when it is looked up from the bottom of the well”,…hum??, aren’t they good??. “Faith”,…”Hope”,…and “Love”. “Hugs, Wiley Wise”.


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