We don’t have to like it…
The first Sunday that I taught the Love Sunday School Class (elderly ladies) back in the Fall I talked about how God chooses our trials, He gives us what we need to walk through them, He is faithful to bring us through, and He loves us with an unfailing love. I looked in the tear-filled eyes of one of the ladies sitting in the back corner, and I got quiet. Those tears streamed down her cheeks as she said in a quiet voice, “But we don’t have to like it.” I agreed with her that no, doggone we don’t have to like it. But we do have to trust Him if we’re going to live in peace. Oh how my heart was stirred by the pain that I saw in that sweet lady’s eyes. I did not know her very well. I knew her face and had spoken to her and with her several times over the years, but I didn’t even know her last name. She later shared with me that her sweet, sweet husband of 55 years was fighting depression. And she wept as she talked about how helpless she feels. To this day I have not been able to shake the look in her eyes when she said, “But we don’t have to like it.”
Yesterday morning the Lord called that sweet husband home at 79 years old after a short illness. I sat at their kitchen table this afternoon and did my best to provide hope to this precious lady in life crisis. She loves the Lord so much, and so did her dear husband. She shared several poems that he had written over the years. What an incredible sense of humor he had! But her heart is broken. I reminded her of that Sunday morning several months ago, the truth of the Word of God that we were studying, and then I repeated to her today what she said to me back then, “But we don’t have to like it.” She put her face in her hands and sobbed. I assured her again that she doesn’t have to like it, and God is not threatened by that. He loves her even though He chose to take her Valentine to heaven. She squeezed my hand and nodded in agreement. She’ll be fine. She loves and trusts the Lord with all her heart. But she’s a grieving little lady tonight.
Maybe God has dealt you a hand that has you questioning His plan. He has a purpose behind His plan, and He has your best interest at heart. He works everything for our good – even the hard times, even the bad times, even the heartbreaking times. He wants us to trust Him. But we don’t have to like it.
“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me” (Psalm 13:5 & 6).
“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15).