Paul woke up in a mess on Wednesday, the kind that demands attention before he can be ready for school.
It was a moment ripe for a ‘why me, Lord’ thought.
God, instead, reminded me of Greg Lucas’ son, who frequently also woke up in a mess. In his book, Wrestling with an Angel, Greg articulates the road I was going down:
Many mornings I leave Jake’s room dejected, hurt and emotionally drained. (Lucas, p. 22)
But he doesn’t stay there!
The only way to make any sense of this kind of relationship is to experience it through the unconditional love of the Father. (Lucas, p. 23)
Greg then unpacks what that means, in a God-centered, humble, grateful way.
And because Greg told his story about God in the midst of rotten circumstances, I was encouraged to fight my discouragement and run to God in my rotten circumstance.
If you are living in discouragement over disability right now, I highly recommend you buy and read (or read again) Greg’s book. God is honored in this book, and I know many people personally who have understood their own circumstances differently after reading it.
And if you have a story of God’s goodness – tell it! We honor God when we give him glory in hard circumstances. And your story may come back, months or even years later, to encourage a hurting brother or sister.