What does it take to make a change in life? What events touch your heart and your soul. Why does one person pass through your life like a breeze and another hit you like a brick?
We all have questions. Many of the Jews who lived through World War 2 question how they made it. And why. Why did 6 million Jews die in concentration camps and persecution from first the Germans under Adolf Hitler and then Joseph Stalin’s USSR. Why did one person survive due to the mercy of a stranger and a hundred others perish at the hands of friends and neighbors? Hard questions.
Did you ever wonder why you were raised in the town you were born in, with the parents you have and the beliefs you inherited? You may have been raised on a farm in Georgia or a quiet subdivision in Kentucky. Maybe your mother was a lonely single lady and had an affair with the milk man and became a single mother. Maybe you married your sweetheart in Christian college and he left you and the kids for a younger girl (or another guy). Maybe you married the questionable young girl with the bad reputation and fifty years later you told your sweetheart goodbye.
Perception of where we are and where we are going is both personal and ambiguous. A rice farmer with a 10 foot by 12 foot rice paddy spends his life cultivation a crop and considers himself wealthy because he has the privilege of working 365 days a year to feed his family. A European would expect to work hard for only 32 weeks a year and hopes to sleep through much of the winter. An African tribesman would scoff at the idea of cultivating food because it is so easy to catch and kill to eat.
Years ago Chief Dan George’s character in “The Outlaw Josey Wales” met President Grant after the U. S. Government took away his homeland. President Grant told him to “endeavor to persevere”. Or to make it simpler…keep trying to try??
You are single and you are content. What should you do? You are single because your spouse dumped you with the kids. What do you do? You are single because your spouse died. What do you do? You are single because you are a square peg in a world of round holes. What do you do?
I don’t have all the answers. The book of Jeremiah is an “endeavor to persevere” story if there is one. Jeremiah was a lonely man and God told him he would not marry. God told him to go preach to the king who put him in a bucket and had him lowered into a well and left him there. Jeremiah tried to warn the Jews of coming doom if they didn’t repent. Years later he left Jerusalem along with most of those he warned as a captive bound for Babylon.
I hope you get a happy ending to your story. But if your don’t, God is good. If your prince/princess never comes, God is good. If the child support doesn’t come, God is good.
Endeavor to persevere. Sure. Why not? God is in control and he has a plan.