He isn’t safe. But He’s good.
We know bad things happen in the world, but it still comes as a shock when they happen to US. What good can come out of disaster? WitnessTO editor Tim shares his reflections after suffering a car accident last year.
Edmund: “Did it hurt when Aslan changed you?”
Eustace: “It did at first. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t change. But it was the good kind of hurt, like plucking a thorn from your feet.”
I’ve rekindled my love for Narnia. Recently they showed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe on TV, and afterwards I decided to re-watch the subsequent two films as well. The story makes so much more sense when you understand the subtle Christian themes throughout the movies. As I re-watched The Voyage of the Dawn Treader the quote above, from the end of the movie, stood out to me the most.
After my car accident, I started to do physiotherapy and massage therapy. It went on for 6 months. Week after week, I would do my exercises and allow the therapists to work on my muscles to ease the pain. No matter how much I wanted to heal and get better, it was beyond my control.
And the pain didn’t relent throughout the whole healing process. The therapists seem to have an innate ability to find the spots that hurt the most. They would easily find pressure points, some I didn’t know existed, that were causing the most pain. Then for an hour the therapist would continually put more pressure into it. It hurt A LOT, but there was healing in the process.
It reminded me of my own walk with God. There were times when I wanted to use my own effort to change but couldn’t. There were times when things didn’t go the way I wanted to but in the end it was for the better. Sometimes it is so hard for us to see the good in the difficult times. Sometimes God tells us to do everything that is opposite to what we want. But at the end of the tunnel, there’s change, there’s healing, there’s grace, there’s freedom, there’s life, there’s Christ waiting for us.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28
And that’s a promise. It continues on:
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39
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