Bad stuff happens.
I don’t like bad stuff. I rarely see bad stuff as an opportunity.
In September I wrote about God being the ‘FRUSTRATION FIXER.’ I thought I passed that test… if it was a test. I confidently proclaimed, “I won’t have to re-take that test.”
I was wrong.
Bad stuff causes anxiety (panic, doubt, terror). The accompaniment to bad stuff is often chaos, conflict, and confusion. How do you find contentment when awful stuff happens, when there seems no solution?
Currently, I’m having trouble with my Lee’s Nite Radio website. Nasty stuff. I spent six or seven hours trying to fix it myself. I couldn’t.
I called my son, Duwayne, to ask for help. He couldn’t help. I called my granddaughter Claire, hoping with my fingers crossed. Claire was helpful but didn’t fix my bad stuff. I called my computer tech friend who works magic almost always with my website. He battled my problem for an hour and a half and finally said, “Call your web-host.” I did. Three days later it remains unfixed.
I know what you’re thinking, “Did you bother to pray?”
Yes, I did that first.
It’s difficult to be content when troubles happen. You can probably picture your own bad stuff. A panic attack. A dead battery. A broken garage-door motor. Etcetera.
What appears as bad stuff in the Bible: the Red Sea; Gideon and the Midianites; Esther; David and Goliath; Noah; the Apostle Paul’s blindness; becomes an opportunity to reveal God’s authority and power.
When I was a child playing with neighborhood kids a popular phrase from TV was, ‘Never fear, Superman is here!’ We’d pump up our chests and bellow this phrase at each other as if it mattered.
Someone way superior to Superman is here. I thought about this this morning. It occurred to me that God knows my dilemma (our dilemma). My bad stuff (our bad stuff) is opportunity to him, both temporarily and eternally.
The Father sent his Son into our bad stuff.
My website just got fixed. God is good all the time. He taught me a lesson in CONTENTMENT.