God has a plan. It’s not exactly what you want to hear when the plan calls for a death, or an accident, or a divorce. They’re thrilling words when you’re contemplating marriage or a new, higher paying job. But when it’s something negative, they’re not very comforting words.
We don’t like the idea of a God who might cause pain. And yet I think that’s the one thing we have the most difficulty explaining to the world. And it’s probably the one thing we most need to explain to the world. Life is full of pain. Our Sunday School answers just don’t cut it. Sometimes you have to cry out to God and pound your fists in the earth and let the tears stream down like rain. He’s a big God, he can handle it.
I wonder what would happen if the church was able to communicate that.