The Loneliest Journey – Part 4

Long Hallway

 

I could tell right away that something was wrong.

I enjoy animation and I am especially a fan of Claymation. My favorite is the British series, “Wallace and Gromit”. Wallace is an eccentric inventor with an excessive love for cheese and Gromit is his silent, but much more intelligent, side kick and pet dog. One of the first episodes I ever saw involved a master jewel thief, (who happened to be a penguin), depositing Wallace in a pair of remote controlled mechanical pants and using him to carry out his thefts. Thus the name of the episode, The Wrong Trousers.

Wallace and Gromit

I recently experienced something a bit similar. We were going up to Saskatoon for a family event and I quickly packed, grabbing a pair of dress slacks from my closet. Everything seemed fine until the morning of the event. I started to get dressed and begin to pull on the pants when I immediately realized things weren’t quite right. The slacks were a couple inches too tight and a good four to six inches too short. They were the wrong trousers.

Fortunately I had another pair. Later we realized that somehow an old pair of my son’s slacks had gotten hung in my closet. He had actually outgrown them a few years before and they somehow disappeared into the back of his wardrobe until they reappeared in a pile of his dirty laundry. When they were clean the pants moved on to hang with the rest of my clothes until I packed them by mistake.

Maybe I didn’t just get the wrong trousers. Maybe I got the wrong body. Maybe when God was forming me in my mother’s womb He grabbed the wrong body off the rack. Maybe the whole thing was a mistake. The appendicitis, the hernia, the detached retina, the cancer. Maybe none of them were meant for me. It was all just some terrible cosmic error.

But God doesn’t make mistakes. He knew me before I was born, before I was even conceived. He knew all the days of my life and His plans for me were, and still are, for good. So why the disease? Why non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma? Was that His plan? How could that be “good”? I have realized that God is all good, all powerful, all sovereign, and all loving. He created us to have relationship with Him and that could only happen if He gave us the gift of free will. That allows us to freely and completely love and worship Him but also to reject Him and His ways.

That’s what happened. Humankind made a choice and moved away from God’s love and grace. The relationship was broken and sin, disease and death came into the world. All of us continue to bear the consequences. We are all going to die. We are all going to face illness and pain. We are all going to sin. None of this is God’s will. He made us for something better, but our choice, our sin, has lead us to where we are.

But it doesn’t end there. The good news is that God has made a way for His relationship with us to be restored, a way for us to be healed, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. It is a gift He offers to us today and for all time. Have you accepted it?

“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelations 21: 3-4

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17

This truth can become real for you today. You just need to decide.

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2 Responses to The Loneliest Journey – Part 4

  1. *former Polio victim* says:

    Hello again, Dr D. ~
    I really appreciate the words you have written here. I usually hear so many say, “God is good”, when they got what they want. Or things went the way they wanted.
    But TRUTH is, GOD is GOOD despite us or if things turned out as we wanted.
    I truly am sorry you have had to deal with any of this. 😦
    But when I was lied about and abandoned, I was comforted by Colossians 1:16 [last part of the verse]. “Everything was created through him and for him.”.
    There’s the relationship you spoke of. 🙂

    I think, then of Micah 6:7(last part)-8 [English Standard Version]
    “7) … Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
    8) He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the LORD require of you
    but to do justice, and to love kindness,b
    and to walk humbly with your God? ”

    I also think often of, Habakkuk 3:17-19 [ESV]
    “17) Though the fig tree should not blossom,
    nor fruit be on the vines,
    the produce of the olive fail
    and the fields yield no food,
    the flock be cut off from the fold
    and there be no herd in the stalls,
    18) yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
    19) GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the deer’s;
    he makes me tread on my high places.”

    And literally have cried and sang ~ “put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, lift your voice to God, pray in the Spirit and with understanding, oh magnify the LORD!” Over and over and over many time. OH, and what a blessing thereafter.

    I love that God loves YOU. Not what you have and not what you can do, but “created you for Himself”. THAT is the very essence of LOVE.

    You know what else? Yeshua prays for you. :). Who better would you want on your behalf? ;).

    God be your strength and portion, today.
    “Because HE lives, I can face tomorrow.”
    ~ IR

  2. Thanks for your words, prayers and support. God bless.

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