Face it, bad things happen. We can't always prevent the unexpected events of distress and hardship but we can always control our response.
I was in the Twin Cities this past week and one day I walked into a spider web, destroying it by accident. The web was more that his creation, but a shelter and provider. In creation, God gave the spider the ability to create just like he did with us. We all posses gifts or talents, an ability to create something new the will provide and dwell in.
In a moments notice I tore the spiders house to the ground, catching him from the corner of my eye as he held onto that last thread that would lead him back to his foundation. I sincerely felt sorry and continued to ponder as I drove to foot locker, thinking about how long it would take him to rebuild. Driving over to foot locker I did not realize that this recent unfortunate event would lead into a lesson on resilience. A parallel story, divinely guided to illustrate how resilient creation can be.
Arriving at foot locker I met a team member named Tyrone, we hit it off immediately small talking about football, the Vikings and Saints. Carrying on the conversation I learned that Tyrone had moved to Minnesota after Katrina had hit New Orleans. He and his family had lost their home. Much like the spider, an unexpected event had just leveled his home. I was encouraged by Tyrone as he told me his story of rebuilding his life from ground zero and now prevailing and prospering in the land of 10,000 lakes.
Hearing the amazing story of resilience, I was able to draw the connection and Matthew 10: 29 came to my mind.
Yes it is true that God knows everything about us and he knows when hardships come. He knows when the spider's web is torn and he knows when your house is flooded. He also knows that we are resilient, sons and daughters of the most high ready to proclaim his majesty with our actions, our responses and our lives.
I encourage you to be resilient, no matter how many times life knocks you down, I know that you have the strength and power to rise up and make that first step forward stronger than before.
God Bless You,