Isn’t it always someone else’s story?
- A friend calls and the guy who had just made you breakfast the morning before, has been electrocuted in a freak accident.
- A doctor rushes into your room at a clinic telling you he is rushing you to the hospital with congestive heart failure.
- A call from a relative telling you a teenage daughter died in her sleep.
- A young adult you have tried to help commits suicide in a hotel room.
- A UPS driver, who was in adult education class you taught is murdered.
- A couple in your small group’s teenage nephew is murdered.
- A friend of your wife calling telling you her mother has been murdered and turn on the news and sure enough it is the lead story.
It’s always somebody else’s story until it happens to you. It’s always just the lead story in the 10 o’clock news, or an article on the newspaper, or it is just another phone call, a doctor’s appointment, or a conversation…until.
You know the person in the lead story of the 10 o’clock news. Or you know the person who the newspaper article is about, or you get the phone call after something tragic has happened. It might be a , doctor’s appointment, or a conversation with a friend, co-worker, or family member that brings you into the story.
Isn’t it always somebody else’s story. Yes, just brush off the lead story or skim over the newspaper article until it’s yours. When you are brought into the story it changes everything and we never know when it all is going to change. Very seldom does a warning light flash and prepare us for what we are about to journey through.
It is real life. It is part of the journey. Those are our (the Buschow’s) calls, conversations, doctor appointment, so I guess it isn’t always someone else’s story when it is your story.
Romans 8:28 says, “All things work together for good to those who are called according to his purpose.” This too is real life. He (God) is there with us in the journey. So as we live life we are never alone. Phil 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Friends, I don’t have a clue how that happens, but I do know you can have peace in the midst of very difficult things you are facing or going through in life.