When I make a bad decision, I often experience negative consequences.
When I make a bad decision, you might experience negative consequences, too, because we live together in this broken world. A couple of examples of this are deadly car accidents and forest fires started by a person throwing a cigarette out of their car window. There can be huge consequences to many people when one person in these situations makes a bad choice.
People often ask, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” This is why. We all experience the pain and results of other people’s bad decisions. My world blew up when a young man decided to kill my son who was a Phoenix Police Officer. The hurtful consequences of that choice have been huge, wide-spread and never-ending.
I have learned that my best response to this tragedy has been to turn to God. I’ve been getting as close to God has I possibly can. He is my comforter and my anchor in the midst of this dark storm of loss. And I have watched him pick up the pieces of my broken heart and use them for good. God has given me the opportunity to share my journey on this extremely tough road of grief in a different blog – Myfamilybleedsblue.com – and many people have told me it has helped them put words to their own experience and not feel so alone.
Paul knew that this was one of the positive ways God uses bad things that happen to us. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves received from God”. (2 Cor. 1:3)
It was a huge blessing to me when God have my pain a purpose. I can’t change what happened, but I can share the comfort I have received from God in the middle of my heartbreak with others. I can let God use my ‘bad thing’ and bring something good from it.
Only God can do that.
Thank you, Abba Father.