Why Me Lord?

ImageSomething happened today to one of my heart’s dearest loves and I know first thing we wanted to say was, you guessed it, “Why me Lord?”  It’s something we have all said at some time in our life, It’s the tendency to feel sorry for ourselves when things seem to be spiraling in a downward motion when we have worked so hard to make everything good, and right! Kris Kristofferson wrote and recorded the, award winning, song “Why Me Lord”. It was #1 for several weeks and we sung it many times! I read a commentary that said it was “out of character for Kris to write and sing this type of song..” May I ask why it would be out of character for ANY one to write or sing it? As I said, we all ask that same question, probably more than once, every day. The chorus says “Lord help me Jesus, I’ve wasted it so help me Jesus I know what I am, now that I know that I needed you so help me Jesus, my soul’s in Your hand.” I know of at least one book on the subject “Why bad things happen to good people”; there are probably more, trying to explain it. Matthew 5:43-47 “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. Things happen to us all. We have the assurance that when something bad does happen we can pray for God to help us, He has never let this girl down. When we pray for something to be done in a particular way, we are trying to micro-manage God and He’s just not into that! Mother speaks of a young evangelist that she wanted to marry, before she met my dad. He was the rising star in his organization and having successful revivals in every city he went to minister. She overheard her dad telling her mother, “Guess who got married this week?” Mother stopped to hear, that’s when the hammer fell! She cried for days because she was convinced that God had seriously let her down, totally forgotten her. Time went on, she met and married my dad and was very happy. She saw the first man and his wife a few years after they were married, not only did he treat her with complete disrespect, but he turned to alcohol to ease his own miseries, and was unfaithful to his wife, finally divorcing her leaving her with three young children! Now would that have happened if he had married my mother? Who knows, but she took it that, instead of the tragedy of being dumped, saw it as a deliverance from, what could have been an unhappy marriage. When Jesus knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed that the plan of God would pass from Him, if possible, but when He saw the plan was set in motion and there was no way out, He yielded and said “Not My will, but Yours be done.” Jeremiah 29:11 God says: I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. I would venture to say that there are many of us who did not plan for our lives to turn out, as they have, certainly not me, but God has a plan for your life! I have made many stupid mistakes in my life but God is not responsible! Lamentations 3:22-23 “God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.” Point is this, if you pick up a snake you might get bitten, don’t blame God… if someone throws that snake at you to do you harm then the angels have the authority to protect you! Don’t do something stupid and then say “Why me Lord?” He might just tell you!

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