Someone told me about a man. A father of five, a fine man by all accounts, nice to co-workers and customers, as well as, strangers. He was taking his eldest son to check out a prominent college. On the way, their vehicle was struck by another vehicle, and sadly, both of them were killed.
The moment I heard the news, I was more than taken aback. It was as if the air had been knocked out of me. I don’t know why. I didn’t know him, never met him. I don’t use the word “fair” much, but thats what it seemed like, “it wasn’t fair.”
Then the Spirit spoke to my heart and reminded me that life isn’t fair, and thankfully, neither is God. God is Just. My wife and I talked about it for a few minutes and we encouraged each other about our past, present and what lies ahead for what we know of the future.
God made everything perfect. Sin changed that. As a result, death, disease and destruction entered into His perfect creation. And if that were the end of the story, what a miserable existence it would be, but grace found us, and her beautiful twin sister, mercy, as well as their cousins, forgiveness, lovingkindness, patience, faith, hope, and of course, Love.
Love casts out fear. Bad news, untimely news, horrifying acts of mankind, natural events in the world and in all creation can sometimes scare us to the point of irrational, anxious and unwarranted aggressive behavior…….but then, for the believer, PEACE……real Peace, peace that passes understanding, whispers to our hearts (sometimes it even comes in like a flood).
How often do you allow peace to attend your way? Speaking of the events of life, there is nothing new under the sun, as Solomon said. The only thing new under the sun is the next day. Assuming it comes, what will you do with it? How will you respond to the events of the “next day?” However we choose to live and make decisions, may it be so through the grid-work and goggles of grace, mercy, faith, hope and love, and may your experience be that of peace.