Thank you, Lord, for:
Vacation with some of my dear family!!!!
Jumping off the rocks at the Cenotes! SO fun!
Dinner our last night with Gil and Pamela at the buffet - “Mexican Night”. Listening to the Mariachi band!
Both Rendon and Preston calling me on my birthday!
Zip lining in the dark with Gil and Whitt!!!
Lexi taking such good care of Preston
Kaiser taking care of Preston right away!
“So why do bad things happen to good people? The more basic question is: Why is hell awaiting good people? The Bible’s sobering answer is that we are not good. God is just to send his rebellious creatures to hell—thus, he is fair to start that hell in this life.
But there’s a hidden mercy here. By tasting hell in this life we are driven to ponder what may face us in the next. In this way, our trials may be our greatest mercies. For some of us, they become God’s roadblocks on our headlong rush to hell....
... Human suffering in this life is merely the splashover from hell. Yes, you would think Christians would be exempt. But this whole book has tried to show why God allows the splashover anyway. God’s plan for us in this life is to give us the benefits of heaven only gradually. By letting us struggle with the remnants of a sinful nature, and by letting us know pain, he reminds us of the hell we are being saved from.
If we had an easy life, we would soon forget that we are eternal creatures. But hell’s splashover won’t allow that. It persistently reminds us that something immense and cosmic is at stake—a heaven to be reached, a hell to be avoided. Human souls are the battle ground on which massive spiritual battles are being waged. The stakes are enormous. The winner takes all and the loser loses everything. Every day of our short lives has eternal consequences for good or ill. Eternity is being affected. Right now counts forever. Thus, it is only fitting that God should give us some sense of the stakes involved, some sense of the war’s magnitude. He does this by giving us foretastes of hell in our sufferings.”
When God Weeps
Joni Eareck Tada