Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In This Life

Do you think God creates the rain in our lives?  Or do you think He simply allows it?  Are those two things mutually exclusive?  In other words, does it have to be just one or the other?

If you have children, does your role as a parent give you additional insight?  How has becoming a parent grown your understanding of God as your Father?  Is there a difference between a parent who would purposely put a child in a tough situation and a parent who would allow that child to walk through a tough spot?


  1. I would say sin is what creates the rain in our lives...and I don't mean that just those who do certain sins have bad things happen...I mean the sin that started way back in the garden...God allows us to go through the rain to draw closer to a parent of teenagers it is sooo tough to see your children in a bad situation even though they have chosen to put themselves there...I don't think I would ever purposely put my child in a tough situation, but almost every day you have to watch as they work their way through them...

    1. Great thoughts, Regina! I pray God continues to show us more of who he really is... apart from who we think he is or who we want him to be. Or who we've been taught that he is. It's definitely a process through the whole of our lives... I just can't reconcile the thought that a loving Father would purposely put pain in the lives of his children. Even if it's for the sake of growth. What parent would do that? But it does make all the sense in the world that a loving parent would allow their child to experience the hurt that finds its way into the child's life. Because the parent knows that it will ultimately bring maturity and growth. And it's also interesting to think how excruciatingly painful it must be for a parent to let the situation play out. Surely the temptation would be to get in there and fix it. So not only does our Father surely feel every ounce of our pain, but he is also able to comfort us with promises and the assurance of coming out on the other side stronger in some way and with a deeper knowledge of who He is.

      I don't know. I'm just rambling. And praying that God will continue to open my eyes and heart to see who He really is.

  2. Very good thoughts, I agree that parenting children is a good demonstration of the principle. We don't want them to hurt but sometimes that is the only way to witness their growth and help them on their way.


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