She sat quietly in her living room thinking over the events of the past few months. Life had been bittersweet. It was filled with deaths and a birth. Endings that were sad and unexpected and new life beginning that promised future enjoyment. Sadness grabbed her attention as she pondered these recent events. She reflected on the death of a cousin in a car accident, and another cousin run over by a car at a young age, the suicides of a close friend, a young classmate of her son, and another family friend. The question that was foremost in her mind was- why? What purpose had there been in these people leaving the earthly life the way they had? As she quietly wondered she opened her bible and read.
Luke 13:1-5 (NKJV)
There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
As she pondered the verse she realized these people were pointing fingers at those who died saying that they died because of their sins. But what they were really saying was that since they were still alive they were more righteous. They wanted Jesus to pass judgment and solidify their opinion. Look at Jesus stopping them in their tracks by telling them that they should focus on their lives which they could control and not events out of their reach. Finding fault with others does not help you live a life worthy of God.
Though she had not been trying to blame those who died she did understand what God was telling her. It was time for her to quit sulking and spend time focusing on what she could change for the better. The events of the past were to be used as a catalyst to propel her to a more Godly life, nothing else. With peace she released these events back into the hands of God where they belong.
I hope you have enjoyed this little trek. I will be back next week with more.