This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

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And It Came To Pass

 

Sometimes, the verse I cling to most in the Bible is Luke 2:2a. “And it came to pass…”

Right now we’re going through a situation with our oldest son. We don’t know how it’s going to end. Not even sure what really happened. Unfortunately, he has lied to us so much that we can’t trust him, even when we want to. As a result of working on “Black Friday” this past year, he was accused of something. A felony. He denies it. There is a video that says he might have but doesn’t really prove anything. It falls more into the category of he says/she says. The questions are: “Did it really happen?” and “If so, was it an accident or on purpose?” A judge is going to have to decide both things. If it happened, and if it is determined to be deliberate, the ramifications could possibly ruin his life.

We’re still parents even when our adult children behave badly. We suffer and worry when “life happens” to our husband or wife. I remember a Christian agent telling a story about one time her husband rode on an elevator with a woman. He was an administrator in a hospital. The woman said that he sexually harassed her. He was a Christian, denied it vehemently, but he ended up losing his job. Guilty—even though he was innocent.

Almost the same thing happened with my husband. He worked in a nursing home and was told “Make sure the residents do everything they can for themselves.” Specifically, one lady, who was supposed to put on her own shoes. His boss told him, “Do not put her shoes on for her.” So he goes in to help her. She says “Put my shoes on.” He tells her that he isn’t allowed to. The woman responds, “If you don’t, I will tell administration that you abused me.” My husband chose to obey his boss and not the woman. And as a result, he was accused of abuse. Fired from his job. And ultimately, kicked out of nursing school even though the state decided he was innocent. Guilty—even though he was innocent.

When things like that happen in our lives, it’s difficult to keep our focus.  On God. On our jobs. On the rest of the family.  Especially if you’re an artist or an author and your creativity is highly dependant on minimal stress . . . or an abundance of grace to carry you through.

You have to remind yourself, often out loud, “Breathe!  This too shall pass.”  The good, and the bad, and even the ugly – they will all come to pass.  But the one constant in your life will always be there. God.

When bad things happen you have to move on. Sometimes, moving on isn’t exactly what we imagine it will be. Sometimes it’s just getting to a place where we’re okay with the future, whatever it holds.

Moving on isn’t always about making drastic changes. Moving on sometimes means being sure of who you are. That way you know that whatever the future holds, you’ll be okay.

With the case of my son, I have to be okay with whatever the future holds. My plans for my life (or my hopes for his life) doesn’t always equate to being God’s plan for my life (or God’s plan for his life). I have to be willing to take God’s hand and let Him lead me into the unknown.

I can only see a few feet in front of me. God can see the big picture. I need to hold on to that knowledge, even when it doesn’t feel true. Even when I desperately want to take things into my own hands.

And it came to pass…

Sometimes, waiting is all you can do. There’s no other choice but to hold tight until things calm down.

If the setbacks in my life hadn’t happened, I probably would’ve never been here on this site as a blogger. I wouldn’t have learned to trust God with my life, to give Him total control of the characters in my head. I wouldn’t have a clear plan for my future.

I still don’t have all the answers—not by a long shot. But I know that God uses our greatest pain to form the most effective launching pads for our lives.

This too shall pass.

 

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Laura Hilton About Laura Hilton

Laura Hilton lives and writes in Arkansas, surrounded by her husband and five children. The author of inspirational novels about the Amish, she is also a book reviewer. Find Laura online at: her blog or Facebook page.

Comments

  1. Laura, you and your family are in my prayers. Praying the truth will come out.

    I have been in a situation where I have been falsely accused. The truth still hasn’t come out. I wrestled with this situation until it made me sick. I spoke with my Pastor. His advice was to forgive, make peace and move on. This wasn’t easy for me. I wailed to God, why hasn’t the truth been told?! I sobbed to God, why does it hurt so much? Finally, finally, I turned everything over to Him, forgave, made peace and moved on. The truth may never be known this side of Heaven. I have made peace with that too!

    Blessings! Hugs! and Prayers coming your way!

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  2. Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world.” There are times when Jesus’ light is like the sun and gives us a clear path for a long distance. There are also times when Jesus’ light is a flashlight and requires us to follow Him closely. Follow Jesus closely and leave the results to Him.

    Praying for you and yours, Laura.

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  3. Sharon Timmer says:

    I know what you are going through – my prayers are with you Laura – God is Faithful!

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  4. so sorry that you are going through this. Praying for you and your family!

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