When I first started driving city buses I set my standards high, wanting to become one of the best drivers, so I began praying for God to help me achieve that goal. All my hopes were shattered 4 short months later when I had my first accident. I was devastated. Not only was I not going to be the best, I felt like I wasn’t any good at it either. I became angry with God because He didn’t help me to be the best, like I had prayed. Most of the time our first reaction when something bad happens in life is to quickly say, “This is not good, and everything is against me.” Getting caught up in the circumstances, you think God has not come through for you.
In the book of Genesis there is the life story of Jacob, a man who followed God. He thought all the circumstances appearing in his life were against him, not realizing that the events happening was the process needed to help him at a later time. He cried out in Genesis 42:36 “You have bereaved me of my children, Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more and you would take Benjamin, all these things are against me.” Jacob assumed these events were against him, when in reality God was using them in order to save his entire family of 70 from dying in the famine.
Like Jacob, what I thought was God not helping me, was just the opposite. I assumed that in order to be the best driver, I would have to do everything right, not making any mistakes. God was helping me become better at my job by teaching me how to use my experiences to help others. For example, if I had not had the accident I would not know how to have compassion for another driver when they experience the same. Helping another person go through problems in life is much more effective if you have actually gone through a similar problem.
Jesus told Peter in Luke 22:31-32, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
Father, help us to see a way to help others through our life lessons. In Jesus name, amen.