Mother’s Day 2011 and Lemonade

No expectations, no preferences, I trusted the Lord to handle this Mother’s Day. My youngest son, who is 25, had his wisdom teeth pulled this week and has been in tremendous pain. My oldest son is having his own issues, so no expectation there either.

After church, I received a text message from my youngest saying that he had gotten tickets for a horse buggy ride that we had tried to make last Mother’s Day. He had driven out early to stand in line to get tickets for the ride. Our ride time was 1:20 and the ticket said to be there by 1:15. It was a gorgeous day and I was so excited. We arrived promptly at 1:15 only to be told by the park ranger “You are late. Your ride left.”

Wow – what a bummer. Jon took charge and told the lady we’d appreciate whatever she could do to get us on the next ride, but the likelihood of there being room for 2 extra people was slim.

Seething, he said was seething inside, but you would have never known it from his demeanor. Then he hits me with the question “I don’t understand why when I did everything right, things still didn’t work out?”

Do you ever ponder that question? “Why, Lord, did this not work out?” My answer to him was “Sometimes other people’s poor decisions affect us.” My take on it was that the park ranger lady let the carriage go before the stated ticket time and we paid the price. Being a free event, there was not much we could do. Raising a fuss would only have stressed both of us out and resulted in bad feelings and lost energy. Another possibly less judgemental answer might have been “It was not meant to be.” Who of us can understand why some things just don’t work out?

I decided it was not going to ruin our day nor our visit, and signed up for the tour of the mansion. Jon enjoyed some solitude in the gardens. The moral of the story, I believe, is what Dale Carnegie said long ago, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

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Mother’s Day 2011 and Lemonade

No expectations, no preferences, I trusted the Lord to handle this Mother’s Day. My youngest son, who is 25, had his wisdom teeth pulled this week and has been in tremendous pain. My oldest son is having his own issues, so no expectation there either.

After church, I received a text message from my youngest saying that he had gotten tickets for a horse buggy ride that we had tried to make last Mother’s Day. He had driven out early to stand in line to get tickets for the ride. Our ride time was 1:20 and the ticket said to be there by 1:15. It was a gorgeous day and I was so excited. We arrived promptly at 1:15 only to be told by the park ranger “You are late. Your ride left.”

Wow – what a bummer. Jon took charge and told the lady we’d appreciate whatever she could do to get us on the next ride, but the likelihood of there being room for 2 extra people was slim.

Seething, he said was seething inside, but you would have never known it from his demeanor. Then he hits me with the question “I don’t understand why when I did everything right, things still didn’t work out?”

Do you ever ponder that question? “Why, Lord, did this not work out?” My answer to him was “Sometimes other people’s poor decisions affect us.” My take on it was that the park ranger lady let the carriage go before the stated ticket time and we paid the price. Being a free event, there was not much we could do. Raising a fuss would only have stressed both of us out and resulted in bad feelings and lost energy. Another possibly less judgemental answer might have been “It was not meant to be.” Who of us can understand why some things just don’t work out?

I decided it was not going to ruin our day nor our visit, and signed up for the tour of the mansion. Jon enjoyed some solitude in the gardens. The moral of the story, I believe, is what Dale Carnegie said long ago, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

Only a Fool Says There is No God

So many people today don’t believe in God. Why is that? The Bible says that “Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God” (Ps. 53:1).

Personally, I feel sorry for people who don’t believe in God. I think they have been really hurt at some point in their lives either by a parent or by some bad circumstance, and they decided then not to believe. “How could God allow this to happen?” is a question I hear often. My answer is that there is evil in this world. And if you don’t believe that, then just turn on the news and look around. Is everything peaches and cream in your world?

We cannot fully comprehend why God allows terrible things to happen to good people. But we do know that good can come out of a bad situation. People make bad choices because we have free will and a sinful nature. Now, I don’t want to get too deep here, but bear with me. Much of the bad that happens to us is a result of a) our poor choices or b) someone else’s poor choice. If we were all perfect, as some philosophies claim, then we wouldn’t have these bad things happen, now would we?

The good news is that there is a God who loves us more than we can ever imagine. He sees the future and knows just what we need to go through in our lives to build our characters. We may not understand at the time, but eventually we can look back and see good that has come from bad. I know this is true in my life, how about yours?

Only a Fool Says There is No God

So many people today don’t believe in God. Why is that? The Bible says that “Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God” (Ps. 53:1).

Personally, I feel sorry for people who don’t believe in God. I think they have been really hurt at some point in their lives either by a parent or by some bad circumstance, and they decided then not to believe. “How could God allow this to happen?” is a question I hear often. My answer is that there is evil in this world. And if you don’t believe that, then just turn on the news and look around. Is everything peaches and cream in your world?

We cannot fully comprehend why God allows terrible things to happen to good people. But we do know that good can come out of a bad situation. People make bad choices because we have free will and a sinful nature. Now, I don’t want to get too deep here, but bear with me. Much of the bad that happens to us is a result of a) our poor choices or b) someone else’s poor choice. If we were all perfect, as some philosophies claim, then we wouldn’t have these bad things happen, now would we?

The good news is that there is a God who loves us more than we can ever imagine. He sees the future and knows just what we need to go through in our lives to build our characters. We may not understand at the time, but eventually we can look back and see good that has come from bad. I know this is true in my life, how about yours?