I hated Juvinile Hall in Los Angeles County back in 1964.
For reasons still not clear my dad had the Long Beach California police department take me away for “incorragable” at the age of 12.
It was lonely and scary. Locked up in a cell by myself I tried to reconcile how this could happen.
It hurt with a pain I can’t describe. I knew my mother was not part of it and was forced to go along against her will.
After several months they shipped me to “camp” where I was locked up another 14 months. Eventually they sent me to the California Youth Authority and state prison at Tracy California. Four and a half years later they let me go.
I was no Angel, but could never figure out WHY all this happened.
But, it did. Which is the point of this blog. People will devastate you with no reason. Leave you alone and stranded at the side of the road. People you know and love and trust. People you would never in a million years think would cast you aside like this.
But they do.
So what do you do about it?
Simple answer. Take it. Just take it. You can’t hit back. You can’t ” make sense of it”. You can’t talk yourself into feeling better about it. Just take it. There’s a REASON all this happened to you. And, contrary to what you may reason, it’s NOT all your fault. There is, in fact, a higher purpose for this. God has allowed this to happen to you. A plan and a purpose high above what you’re capable of understanding at the moment.
Why all the tears? Why all the heartache? Why all the misery?
Because God is going to USE IT for His own good purpose. For OTHER PEOPLE.
Look at (Take your pick) Joseph, Moses, David, Paul, Job, John, and countless others. ALL of them suffered untold sorrow grief misery and pain for God’s purpose. But look at the end result.
Did you think you’re special and will get around God’s plan for YOU to suffer? To meet his good purpose for You? Uhm, NOPE.
Ain’t gonna happen. You will suffer. You will hurt. It will be ugly. It will be THE LAST THING ON EARTH you’ll want to happen. But it WILL happen. How you manage it is the biggest question.
Will remain true to Him? Or will you slink off to take care of it on your own?
People WILL hurt you. And they’ll hurt you BAD , where you really feel it.
I say to you beloved reader, trust God for relief. Trust God to deliver you out of it.
Paul said, I reckon these present sufferings are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.
I’ll see you on the other side.
With great affection