Do you remember the excitement of a roadtrip? How stoked you were to finally get out of the house, and travel to unknown and exquisite places? The feeling of joy rushes through you faster than coffee through the mindless.
Now think about the ride home. The dreaded drive all the way back to reality.
Now imagine that drive home with water being dumped all over your car, a storm louder than screams from a dying human, and traffic that is moving slower than the electric carts at Wal-Mart.
And then imagine your car getting a flat tire. Yeah. Ruins a trip doesn’t it?
The youth group and I are stuck in the middle of downtown Chicago with a flat tire in a rainstorm. As the good chaperone that I am, I sat in the other van and had no clue what to do.
Why does God allow us to struggle?
This seems to be the question that the youth have asked the most. If God is good, then why are we stuck here?
The best response I had was…”I’m not God, so I don’t know why He popped our tire.”
And that’s when I started to think…it seems to me that everytime something bad happens, we tend to blame God. We through our hands in the air and scream out, “GOD WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME” like it’s his fault.
We shouldn’t blame God for our problems and mistakes. We should blame ourselves.
I pictured God as a thug who slashed our tires for no reason. I pointed fingers at Him so I didn’t have to point them at me.
As humans, we never want to admit that we messed up, so we blame others for our problems. Some of us (like myself) even blame God. Truthfully, I could have checked the wheel for problems, and I could have put a spare tire in the van, but I didn’t.
We see ourselves as an ant, and God is the mean bully with the squirt gun.
Victimizing ourselves makes God seem like the enemy. God is not the bad guy. We are.
Sometimes the mishaps in our lives is our own faults. It’s okay to admit that we’ve messed up. God wants us to admit our flaws, and realize that He has no flaws. He wants us to lean on Him when we’re in trouble. Sometimes He allows trials in our lives so that we can create a dependency for Him.
We get upset at God because of our problems, but He just wants to comfort us.
In times of trouble, God will never leave you. So when you realized you made a mistake, run to Him.
Love ya dudes.