Life is a story. The setting is loving parents and all the possibilities of the world, an ugly boy abandoned on the street tortured by all he encounters, or perhaps a past you would like to forget. And we must have a conflict. Cinderella is all the more beautiful for the cruelty she endured, Snow White can only be rescued by her prince because the witch seeks to kill her, and a story is not a fairytale unless there is a conflict.
Suffering does not always feel like a fairytale. And that is why it is called “conflict.” The world deals with suffering in numerous ways. When confronted with pain, those that never acknowledged God before, then curse him. Buddhism deals with pain by seeking stoicism. Atheist run from pain, seeing that it serves no purpose. Only in Christianity can pain and suffering be embraced. What in the hell do I mean?
This: Jesus Christ was a man of sorrows. He wept bloody tears, he overturned tables in the temple, he cursed a tree that did not bear fruit, he cried upon the death of his friend, he welcomed little children, he forgave, and he loved.
The Bible says that this world is screwed up. The Bible says that this is not the way things are supposed to be. Is your life at peace? Praise God! Life is emotion! Cry for sorrows, celebrate accomplishments, hate evil, and love abundantly! We were made to FEEL life!
My conflict is cancer. I can not tell you about my life without that word creeping into the story. Why? Because it has been the biggest struggle of my life. And do you know what? IT HAS MADE ME STRONGER! Cancer came into my life at the age of 15 and guess what? I am an 18 year survivor!
I have cried out, I have questioned, I have had my own little (ok big) pity party…AND I HAVE COME OUT STRONGER! In this world we will have trouble, we may get thrown into that fiery furnace, but I can say without a doubt that Jesus has walked with me through that fire!
Hardships, Suffering, Conflict, IS THAT ALL YOU’VE GOT?! When marriages fall apart, Mine is a rock! There is absolutely nothing that no other man has to offer me! The best a man can do is promise and James has fulfilled that promise! He has loved me through sickness and health! He has provided for me despite hardship. Hard? We have overcome impossible! Together we have seen God walk us through a journey that we never chose and come out of it all amazingly blessed! Love happens during hard times. I am loved and I love James more than I love myself!
I have cried out to God in agony over my daughter that I would gladly give my life for and I have seen God answer my prayers. Madison’s talents, love of people and love of life, imagination, curiosity, and brilliant mind overwhelm me with thanksgiving and love.
When trials come my way, I know I can do hard. I can suffer and come out of it stronger than ever!
Conflict, cancer, it is all part of the fairytale. I am living my happily ever after. And one day, I will never cry again. One day, Jesus will call me home to perfection in eternity. I will eat whatever I want and my body will be perfect. I will never worry for my daughter ever again. There will be no panic of evil that may come our way. My home will be a mansion and I may paint the walls with new colors only to be found in heaven. Life will be perfect. Eternal Life will be the very best HAPPILY EVER AFTER.