For someone who is struggling.
I know that you’ve experienced some hard times. You have buckled under the extreme weight of life, and the unfairness of it all has left you breathless and looking for a way out. You have taken some hits that by rights should have destroyed you utterly. For some of you, you ought to be dead right now. But you’re still here, secretly reeling from situations and complications that might have taken you out.
In the world of church, the very first thought is often that you’ve done something wrong, or you’re paying for whatever your mama and nem did wrong, the product of that old testament logic of “sins of the father revisited”. The thought, though “scriptural”, is designed to add more weight to the cross you carry–the weight of condemnation. You find yourself second-guessing your decisions, worried about making the wrong choices, full up with shame, and burdened by silence as you try to maintain an image that doesn’t match your life. You feel like a failure, blinded by life and asking for alms when you oughta be winning.
But. Wait for a second. I got a word for you.
In John 9, Jesus and his clique were walking and they passed by a man who was blind from birth. The disciples (being well-versed in the ways of Jewish traditions) asked, “So, what HIS people do for him to be blind like that?”
Jesus responded, “Nah fam. This guy’s blind because of this moment rightchea–for the glory of God.”
Some things happen to you so that God can show off through you.
Remember that ALL things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to God’s purpose. Just keep loving God and be in God’s purpose. If you do those things–seeking after God’s heart and doing God’s will–you will see the goodness of God in the land of the living.