One of my daughters and her husband live in Oklahoma. She serves as a hostess
at times in a nearby restaurant.
The chain was opening a new place in Moore,
Oklahoma, adjacent to Oklahoma City and about two hours from her home, and she was asked if she would do a training session
for the hostess of the new eatery. The offer, which would have paid several hundred dollars to her to head the training,
was too good to pass up.
But she did. She had already made arrangements
to be in Kansas City, Missouri, for a dance recital for her three-year-old grand-daughter, and didn’t have the heart
to disappoint the little one. And so when the recent tornado destroyed a great part of Moore, Oklahoma…she was 300
miles away, safe from the storm!
We grieve for those who lost loved ones
and homes in that terrible storm, but we accept our daughter’s circumstance as a miracle from God. We wonder at how
both good and bad things happen to people, and we can only say that satan is still roaming over the world, just as he did
when he got God to cause so many bad things to happen to Job, who was as perfect as a human can be, and he uses sin as a weapon
to bring us down.
After all…if becoming a Christian would be a guarantee
that from then on, only good things would happen to that person, people would “jump on the bandwagon,” as we say,
and so a love for Christ would not even enter into the transaction. Human nature works hand in hand with satan, to harm and
discourage Christians in every way possible, and so in this life, even the best of Christians get sick, have accidents and
all the things that happen to the general population, including death itself.
living for Christ gives us a promise that will be our reward when we go to Heaven. In this life, the man with the gifts says,
“Come on down!” But Christ, in His own time, will say to us, “Come on UP!” Have patience.