Last night, I watched a program on TV that filmed a group of 6 year olds in a school setting. At 6 years of age friendships can be very fluid but are still incredibly important. At one point we saw a boy watch his friend sharing a prize with another child. His eyes welled up with tears and as he watched this new friendship develop, and all he could ask was “I thought I was their best friend…?”
The supervising adults didn’t intervene and left the children to work it out by themselves. However, as I watched the TV I wanted to step in and make it all ok.
Maybe it’s because I can relate. Maybe we can all relate. Maybe the TV makers understood that we all know what it’s like to question our understanding of a relationship?
However what do we do when the relationship being called in to question is our relationship with God? Sometimes things happen that make us wonder how we can reconcile our relationship with a loving God with the tough experiences we are walking through.
In the Bible Joseph understood that he was special. He knew he was the favourite son of his father. He’d also had 2 vivid dreams where God had clearly shown him he was destined for greatness and one day his family would bow down to him. So how did his life change from favoured son to slave in a foreign country, wrongly accused of rape, and thrown in to prison?
In the New Testament we read about Elizabeth, desperately wanting a child but barren while all around her friends were falling pregnant. Didn’t the fact that her husband was a priest count for anything with God?
In fact we could pick any person in the Bible and we would be able to find a reason why they could ask.. but I thought that God loved me? I thought He’s promised this wouldn’t end like this?
What the 6 year old boy didn’t know was that by the end of the program he would be happily playing with his best friend once again and after the filming ended they would stay in touch. Joseph didn’t know he was destined to preside over the greatest food relief program Egypt ever saw, and be able to provide for his family. Elizabeth didn’t know she would have a son who would prepare the way for Jesus to come. And we don’t know how our stories will end. The situations that current look like unexplained messes can be changed by God overnight to bring about His perfect will.
So whatever things look like today hang in there! God can turn it around in an instant!