First, from what I learned, not every instance of pain or destruction in our lives has been allowed by God, like in Job. Yes, I’m sure there are multiple times where He trusts us and tells the enemy, “Go for it…I know my son/daughter and that they will stand.” To me, however, a lot of the pain we encounter is direct consequences or correlations to the choices we make each and every day. It’s kind of like Romans 8:28 ‘And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.’
In retrospect, we can see where the trials, tribulations and pain we have gone through was used by God to draw us closer to us. A little ‘in retrospection’ God did this and that, but at the moment of those things, they were the consequences and such of our choices. My relationship with my ex-girlfriend and then the break-up in late July 2009 led me to want more from my relationship with God…praying in a spiritual language happened (didn’t know it was that until training camp) and I got into Grad school. Then, all of a sudden ended up signed up for the Race and I can say that adversity, or break-up from my ex was the best thing to ever happen to me (now…definitely not in the moment). I think if we open our eyes wide enough, any and every situation we find ourselves will be used by God to take us from strength to strength and glory to glory.
Even now with where I’m at and NOT in Ireland like I thought I would be has a purpose and reason to it. What that is, is beyond my wide eyes at the moment, but I’m getting closer. God’s still there and working on me and I love that fact more than any other.
*Don’t know where all that came from. 😀