I was talking with friends last night and the conversations came around to questioning why God lets bad things happen to good people. This morning as I read a devotional by John Maxwell, it seemed timely and helped put the conversation into perspective:
Driving the 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway is an explorer’s delight. From northern Virginia to the Tennessee-North Carolina border, there are wonders around every bend in the mountainous road. You may see wildlife, a pioneer cabin, gorgeous vistas, a country church, a stream or waterfall — the beauty never ends. The Parkway is not for the hurried; it is for the expectant — those eager for new experiences and discovery.
Even though we do not know what is around every bend in the road, God does. There are encounters, discoveries, people, events, opportunities, blessings, and challenges to be found. Instead of being shocked at a circumstance or event, we should look at our path through the lens of heaven. There is a time, season, and purpose for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). There is something to rejoice in, give thanks for, and pray about around every curve (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Trust in the Lord to guide your path. Live your life with eyes and arms wide open to embrace what you discover.
Jerry Baldwin is a Major with the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office and former candidate for Sheriff (Chesterfield County). He serves on the Executive Committee for Chesterfield GOP and has been involved in Republican campaigns since he was in high school. Jerry also owns a consulting firm, New Market Strategies, specializing in law enforcement policy, politics, and public relations.