Last night, my 2.5 year old son and I walked down the hall and witnessed a shock. The hall light blinked. We stopped. It shook. We looked at each other puzzled then it made a funny noise, popped and went out. My son’s eyebrows furrowed deep down his forehead as he pointed his little finger up, “What happened?”
That light has worked dependably ever since he learned how to turn them on two months ago. This little change shook his world. My husband brought a chair over and proceeded to change it. He calmly endured the barrage of questions from Isaac rolling one after another, “What happened, light bulb? What happened?” We finally realized that it couldn’t be removed without breaking it. So we decided to have an expert deal with it instead. This sent my son into an avalanche of even more questions. It must have been a shock for his little system. As much as we tried to explain the electrical workings of our lighting system, he didn’t understand. Even the “it’s broken,” over-simplified answer didn’t calm him. He was very concerned about that light, even began to cry a little. My heart went out to him because change can sometimes surprise all of us.
Are there things in your life like that?
Maybe someone passed away, or got sick, or some other life altering event happened. Do you wonder what really happened or why? My two-year-old isn’t going to figure this one out for a long time, but he needed an answer, and he needed someone to help him cope with that little change. He needed someone to care about what he was going through.
1 Thessalonians 2:14-19; For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things (vs.2:2) of your own countrymen, even as they [have] of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak (the devil just wants to shut you up) to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath (from all this wrong action; their own consequences) is come upon them to the uttermost. But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
For what [is] our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? [Are] not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy.
Sometimes, lightbulbs burn out; which can be blamed on planned obsolescence or natural progression. But then sometimes the Devil is out there messing with people and truly hindering their progress. If you are asking “What happened?” about a situation in your life, go to God and find out if the cause was natural or spiritual. Only he can really tell you. Ask him if there is anything you can do to stop it from continuing. Prayer is a powerful thing on the lips of believing. Take charge of your hindrances today. He can also show you, your own “glory and joy” in the situation.
God bless you!