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Bad Things Happen…But We Can Flip on the Switch by PI Girl Lauren

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Imagine it: You’re sitting in class and you start telling someone about what you believe. The person you’re talking to isn’t so sure about the whole God thing. They listen, but don’t truly listen because they just see the whole Christianity thing as confusing and not practical. It’s not that they are totally dismissing God’s existence, they just can’t understand why such bad things happen (or happened) in their life…that if God were really loving, those things wouldn’t have happened.

Most people WANT to believe in a divine power, but due to the perils of this world, just feel like they can’t. People often hear of this loving God and wonder: If God is so great, powerful and loving, then why does He allow bad things and so much evil to occur in the world?

The answer is so much more simple than you may think. It’s a little something I was reminded of in the movie God’s Not Dead (which is AMAZING!). And that is: FREE WILL. If the world were perfect, we would all love God and not know the difference between good and evil. God does not want a bunch of carbon copies who love the same way…He wants to have a relationship with those who CHOOSE to love Him, not because they don’t know any different, but because they honestly SEEK Him. That’s free will—that amid the evils and natural disasters and pain and suffering in this world, we would personally choose in our hearts to follow Him. He is our refuge in this broken world. The light of Jesus is made so much brighter in this darkness. Have you ever thought about that? Light would not exist if darkness didn’t. 

 

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

 

See, what’s amazing is that God does not force us to love Him, yet He loves us all so much anyway—even when we don’t feel the same way. In fact, He loves us so much that He gave up His one and only son to be nailed to a cross. All for us.

Just think about this for a minute. I know this statement is repeated a lot, even around nonbelievers. Imagine if you had a son of your own. And out of such ridiculous love, you gave that son up to be killed by the same people you are loving. We are too human to comprehend that. Our minds are too small and self-absorbed, even when we try not to be, to really get this. Be honest: Would you let your family be killed just so a bunch of people who don’t really know you could be saved? We’d like to say we understand it and would do the same…but that’s just not the truth. We are not God. We can’t figure out His love because it is too vast to wrap our minds around.

So yeah, things in this world are messed up. Evil exists. But if it didn’t, you wouldn’t ever realize how big His love for you was because there would be no sins to forgive. You wouldn’t see Him carry you though the trials when you need Him most. You wouldn’t feel a need for Him. If life were perfect for you, you might begin to stray away and become independent and self-sufficient. And sometimes that’s exactly what happens—the devil might let you live a perfectly great life, only to snag you in the end because you felt you didn’t need God’s help.

That’s another thing I learned from the movie God’s Not Dead (and if you haven’t seen it, you should!). If you are still struggling, have you ever considered that when the world wears you down, God is just showing how He can revive and make you strong regardless? Sometimes when you hit rock bottom in a world filled with evil, you find that God is the rock at the bottom holding you up.

 

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

 

One thing many don’t realize is that when you put your trust in God, these bad things—these heartaches, lies, natural disasters and diseasesare made less dark. Why? Because He gives you the strength to get through them. This doesn’t mean you won’t crumble from time to time, but it does mean that God is there in your soul whispering hope and peace amid the trials. A hope and a peace that can’t really be explained…that everything is going to be okay because all of this pain has a purpose—it’s all part of His great plan. And His plan is infinitely better than what mine would be without Him.

Have you ever thought about what life would be like if you—just a weak human lost on earth—were leading your life alone? I am one of 7 billion. If I didn’t have God, I’d just be another random life floating along to nothingness. Never making an impact. Just existing to exist. Existing to please myself…which kinda stinks because then I would never really find life in life. I would be coerced like cattle to conform to whatever trend hit me. If society told me that the best kind of life was one focused on money and looks, well then, I would strive for that. Why? Because that’s all I’d know that there was to the world.

What’s sad is that many people do live like this. Maybe you do, too. In fact, we all have at some point. There’s always a point in everyone’s day, including mine, when you want to focus on pleasing the world and not as much God. Whether it be fantasizing about how an outfit will up your status, or having a fit of self-pity for not being part of a social group or event that would make us look better, it is so easy to fall prey to what the world wants us to think and feel. It weighs us down to look at everything with a blurred perspective, as if our value is limited to what we see with our eyes.

But when you follow Jesus, everything changes. There is clarity. He takes your existence on this dark planet and turns you into something greater than yourself. He turns you into a LIGHT. There are three types of people in this world: those who blend into the dark and can’t find the switch; those who know of the switch, but can’t understand how it would change anything, so they refuse to touch it; and those who recognize the power of the switch and turn it on bright for all to see. The switch is Jesus. When you CHOOSE to welcome Jesus in your heart out of pure free will, He multiplies your influence. He has the power to take one human being out of 7 billion (that’s you) and fuel you so much that it causes a flareup all around you of other switches turning on, including those who never knew the switch existed. Because of you and the light that Jesus puts inside.

So yeah, the world is a mess. It’s quite broken and dark. Just don’t forget to flip on the switch.

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9 Comments

  1. Bookworm1

    Posted by Bookworm1 on July 29, 2015 at 04:39

    This is amazing! Thank you so much!

  2. QueenFemminist97

    Posted by QueenFemminist97 on May 22, 2015 at 08:01

    This is perhaps one of the best articles I read on the site. I could take so much from it and actually learn from it. It has definitely changed my perspective on some things, so I would love to thank you for that. I’m a bit new to the whole Christianity thing, but I really feel like you explained one of the things that held me back from it before. It was thought provoking which was something I hardly see now and days. Really a great inspiration article.

    • ballerinagal16

      Posted by ballerinagal16 on May 23, 2015 at 22:54

      You have no idea how much you just made my day. Thank you so much for reading it and giving the amazing feedback. Your words mean a lot to me. I am so happy that God used this article to speak to you. These words that are written are not mine, but His. I firmly believe this. Have a wonderful day, and God bless you as you continue seeking Jesus in your faith journey. He is always listening.

      Oh, and if you want, or if anyone reading this wants to, I have a blog you can check out: https://blushgirlblog.wordpress.com

      It’s all for Him. God bless anyone reading this!

  3. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on May 18, 2015 at 23:30

    Love this article! Thanks so much for posting this 🙂 Did you read the book behind God’s not dead? It’s really an amazing read!

    • ballerinagal16

      Posted by ballerinagal16 on May 19, 2015 at 12:30

      Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read it! Your positive feedback means a lot to me! And no, I have not read that book yet! I definitely will put that on my list of books to read. Have a great day and God bless!

  4. sunnydeelovely

    Posted by sunnydeelovely on May 17, 2015 at 14:50

    This was a great read! Very inspiring and very needed for me right now. Thank you for the encouraging words and beautiful reminder of Jesus’s love for us. God never gives up on us and never leaves us alone! Life brings so many unexpected twists and turns (some good, some bad) but God is God through it all. 🙂

  5. bradylove44

    Posted by bradylove44 on May 16, 2015 at 19:25

    I don’t think the reasons presented in this article provide a good justification for why there is evil in the world. When I think of the truly horrible evil in this world (that is one of the main reasons I don’t believe in God), I think of infants in poorer nations dying from diseases. This article says that darkness exists, in part, to make the light of Jesus brighter. So, if by witnessing an infant die of HIV brings me to Jesus, does that make the child’s death justified. What about that child. How is it fair that they might die (be the darkness) so that I can accept God (and come to light). What about the child’s life? Sure, you may believe he or she is in heaven, but he or she still was robbed of a life in this world. I don’t see how this makes disease any “less dark” to those killed by it.
    I also take huge issue with the part of this article that reads: “If I didn’t have God, I’d just be another random life floating along to nothingness. Never making an impact. Just existing to exist. Existing to please myself…which kinda stinks because then I would never really find life in life.”
    As someone who doesn’t have God, I don’t exist just to exist and I certainly don’t exist just to please myself. I find plently of life in life. I exist for the people around me I love and to be a good person simply because I know it’s the right thing to do.

    • ballerinagal16

      Posted by ballerinagal16 on May 18, 2015 at 21:09

      Hey girl,
      I totally understand where you are coming from. Suffering in far away places sometimes can feel pointless and hopeless. We don’t get how that’s right…or how God could let it happen…or how it could affect us personally and make Jesus shine brighter. It doesn’t make sense. How could something so terrible result in anything good? How is that death justified? I get it. But here’s the thing: when you see a tragic thing, it can stir in your heart a desire to stop it. To do something about it. That stirring is a yearning in your heart for change…change of a broken and sin filled world. This calling isn’t an accident. God wants you to have passion to change the world. He wants you to get fired up about the injustices happening like infants dying. I am not saying that God justifies this death. I am saying that maybe he is using your heart, which feels deeply against this injustice, to help put an end to it. God does not like these deaths either. His heart is broken for these losses. He never intended it be this way in the beginning. But remember, WE are the ones who chose a life like this. When Eve made that decision in the Garden of Eden to choose sin over God, this brokenness entered the world. Now God is using His people to restore the world bit by bit to its former beauty.He wants to break your heart for what breaks His. Because He cannot walk this earth like us, God uses ordinary people like us to do His work…to put the pieces of this broken world back together. As a result, the healing of the broken ends up bringing more people back to their Creator. He wants us to have this free will to choose what life we life, yet He also wants us so badly to come to Him. He then uses us, those that choose Him an find refuge, to bring more people to Him to find that same refuge. He wants everyone to feel the love He feels for us on a daily basis.

      Now in terms of the part of the article you do not agree with, here is the best answer I believe I can give you:
      Your potential is so much greater than what the world is leading you to believe it is. Don’t limit your purpose. You are awesome. You were made for more. I know it’s hard to grasp. I totally get it. But if we were able to “get it”, then I would be worried. Worried because we shouldn’t be able to comprehend God and His love and purpose for our lives. That is proof of how infinite and powerful He is and how weak and in need we are. We don’t have the capacity to understand how big God is. And honestly that’s comforting because I can rest knowing that the Almighty God of the Universe, who is greater than anything I could ever imagine, loves me and wants a relationship with me. It sounds crazy. But that’s what makes it true. Not understanding Him fully makes me believe even more.
      And one more thing- you say you try to be a good person simply because you “know it’s the right thing to do.” My question for you would be how you know it’s the right thing to do. Why be a good person if there’s no purpose for this life? Why be nice? Why is that the “right” thing to do? Who decides what’s right? Where do morals even come from? Well, doing what’s right and moral values come from the Bible. And if we aren’t living for God and His purpose and plan…then what are we living for? And if we are not living for a purpose, then why even bother being good? If we are simply living to be “good people” and then die…then I don’t understand the point of anything. If we have no purpose, then essentially we do not matter. We live, we die. The end. But I refuse to believe this. I refuse to believe that none of this matters. The three most important qualities found in this world are intangible: love, hope, and happiness. We can’t see them, yet we believe in them because we FEEL them. God is the same way. He works IN us to accomplish His plans….plans that are far larger than we could ever imagine. The reason I said I would just “exist to exist” without God is because I know that once I die, I essentially become irrelevant on earth. The only thing I leave is not my achievements, but how I impacted people. And the only impact that truly lasts forever into eternity is that of saving a soul and introducing them to Jesus Christ, who makes me new everyday…and can make ANYONE new everyday. I just want the whole world to have this hope. Without the hope of Jesus in my heart, I just float through earth….with no true excitement of any value. Yes, I love my family. Yes, I want to do what is right. But the only way I am able to do that truly is by upholding a relationship with Jesus, who puts a love in me for others and for a life of purpose that God and God alone gives me. Spreading Jesus is my purpose. It wakes me up in the morning and gives me life. I’ve looked for life in other places before. You think you can find it, but nothing in this world truly satisfies long term. Not even being a good person and loving your family. Anything can happen that can rupture all of that. But one thing will ALWAYS remain. And that is God. God never fails. People do. God always loves. People don’t. Life isn’t stable. God is. At the least, I believe and love God because He gives me something to rely on and trust in when the world becomes a mess.
      I hope this helped somehow. I know I was pretty blunt, but you deserve to hear what I believe to be the truth. Praying for you. Have a great day!