Life Comes At You Fast
Nationwide has been telling us for some time that life comes at us fast. The campaign resonates with many people because we have experience those unexpected life events where you are going to make a quick run to get some milk and your life is changed. This almost happened to me last week.
I was getting my bike to go to language class. I park under my apartment with the cars, so I need to either carry my bike back up the stairs to get out or follow a car through the gate. Thursday, I heard a car going for the gate, so I rode fast to catch up with it. As I approached the gate, I realized I wasn’t going to make it. A combination of the speed I picked up, the incline to get out, and the inexplicable reason I hit the front brake instead of both compiled enough inertia to send me over the top of my handlebars.
Immediately my short flight through the air came to a hard thud face down on concrete. Uncontrollably I started screaming. It was not very manly or brave, but all I could think was that I just broke a rib, I’m alone in the basement, and I don’t want to go to a Chinese hospital.
What Was a Surprise to Me Didn’t Take God Off-Guard
What was a surprise to me didn’t take God off-guard. We know that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39). We are always residing in His love and protection. Nothing and no one can remove us from God’s hands (John 10:28-29). If this is the case, how are we to view the bad things that happen to us?
How Are We to View the Bad Things That Happen To Us?
We are told Satan asks permission to bring disaster to Job. This interaction has left many confused about the goodness of God. Did God send the trial? He knew what was going on (Psalm 139:16). He consented to the request. However God also doesn’t tempt us to evil (James 1:13). There is no evil in Him. Sin, death, and pain are all works of the enemy (John 10:10).
A Sign of God’s Love
Then why did God give approval for me to flip over my bike? Life’s questions always come back to our view of God. My understanding of the Bible is that God has an unfailing, unmeasurable love for me. Therefore whatever happens to me, is an opportunity to experience more of His love.
In reality my accident last week could have been a lot worse. Although I had a lot of pain and initial fear, nothing was broken. Even though I went over my handlebars without a helmet, I didn’t hit my head on the hard concrete. There is no question that God protected me. Maybe the question was whether I would find His goodness within the accident and give Him thanks.
An Opportunity for Increase
Whatever God sends our way is also for our increase. God is always looking to bless you (Romans 8:28). He is a good Father, and He is looking to call us into everything He has for us. Don’t get caught up in everything Job lost. God was the one who brought him up to Satan. God was proud of Job and was more than eager to show off how amazing He was.
The truth is God sees you as amazing too. I know my bike accident is minor to some of the things others of you are going through, but this doesn’t change these two facts: God loves you and sees you as amazing. Whatever the bad thing is that is happening to you, look for how God is showing you His love and how you can find the opportunity for increase in your walk with God. God is not punishing you; He’s calling you to the more He has for you.