Monday, February 6, 2012

Why Me?

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart." -- Proverbs 3:5

A client's mom sent me this e-mail the other day, and it really had a profound impact on my attitude, so I thought I would share it with you. I also thought it was particularly fitting to share it on a Monday. ;)

Why We Should Never Say, "Lord, Why Me?"

Me (very upset): God, can I ask you something?

GOD: Sure.

Me: Promise you won't get mad?

GOD: I promise.

Me (frustrated): Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?

GOD: What do you mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late.

GOD: Yes.

Me: My car took forever to start.

GOD: Okay...

Me (growling): At lunch, they made my sandwich wrong, and I had to wait.

GOD: Hmm...

Me: On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call.

GOD: Alright.

Me (loudly): And to top it all off, when I got home, I just wanted to soak my feet in my foot massager and relax, but it wouldn't work. Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

GOD: Well, let me see...the death angel was at your bed this morning, and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

Me (humbled): Oh...

GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that might have hit you if you were on the road.

Me (ashamed): .......

GOD: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn't want you to catch what they have; I knew you couldn't afford to miss work.

Me (embarrassed): Oh...

GOD: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to  give a false witness about what you said on that call. I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me (softly): I see, God.

GOD: Oh, and that foot massager had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I'm sorry, God.

GOD: Don't be sorry; just learn to trust Me in all things: good and bad. And don't doubt that My plan for your day is always better than your plan.
OK, so the chain letter is slightly cheesy, but you have to admit that it has merit. I often forget that my God doesn't make mistakes, and that everything that happens to me is part of His plan. I've been wondering this year why God didn't grant me a teaching job or why a million little things have happened (or not happened), but this e-mail reminds me that there was a reason for it. Although I may never know the reason, I can rest assured that He has my best interests in mind. What a profound reminder to come through my e-mail inbox....more proof that God works in mysterious ways. :)
"This God -- how perfect are His deeds, how dependable His words! He is like a shield for all who seek his protection." -- II Samuel 22:31

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