I am sure the majority of you have heard about the four people in the Chicago area that did what they did to the man with a disability. As a parent of two children with special needs, stories like these make my stomach turn. It hurts to hear what happened. It infuriates me to say the least.
I know it made the special needs community upset as every story similar to that one does.
I am not sure why situations like this happen in the world. I simply don't know. But, it has happened from the beginning of time. I often hear people talk about how the world is getting worse and worse. Yes, it feels like it is. However, it has been like this since the beginning of time.
The first murder was Cain killing Able and that can be found in the very first book of the Bible! Slavery happened in the beginning of the Bible. So many accounts are right there. The horrible stuff that is going on in our world has been going on since the beginning of time.
On the other side, bravery and courage has been happening since the beginning of time, too. There are numerous accounts of the horrible things in the Bible but there are also wonderful, amazing stories of courage, bravery, wisdom, and so forth.
It is all right there for us to read and to find the answers to our life. It is all right there as a guide for us. The Bible, the most amazing book that anyone can pick up and read.
So when you think you don't deserve what is going on in your life, just know that God never told anyone that they deserve the picture perfect life. God never said life was going to be easy. He clearly made his point from the beginning that life was hard and had it's hard times.
It is so easy to say bad things about the people who do the cruel things in this world. But, what we are really suppose to be doing is praying for them. Those people need the prayers of this world.
But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you
I hope and pray that a situation like what that man went through never happens to either of my boys. It is one of my fears and always will be. As a parent we want to protect our children. We don't want them to suffer from the cruelty of the world. When you have a child/ren with special needs, it is a huge worry because they can't care for themselves and are going to be much more susceptible to bullying and hate crimes.
When I have my moments where I want to get so mad that stuff like this happens in the world, I remind myself how I need to be praying for the enemy. But, what I remind myself the most of is no matter how hard this world is to live in, we are not here forever. We are only here for a little while and we can get through the pain and the hurt of the world because our eternal life is what matters. The pain and hurt that I go through raising children with special needs, going through a divorce, health problems, and so forth...it simply doesn't compare to the pain and hurt that Christ went through on the cross in order for me to live. He could have saved himself but he didn't. That is all I need on some days to keep on going through this scary world.
Therefore, I will keep letting God lead me on my journey in life while reading His word and finding the answers to everything in life. It is all right there for us to read. All of our answers are right there! I'm not telling you they are the answers you want, but they are our answers.