Rebecca, the article started out with, "...not all of it is ABOUT us". Perhaps you missed the point. It may very well be that a particular trial IS all about us--our growth, our trial, our problems. But I've found the Lord never has just one thing in mind when He permits us to suffer. The biggest takeaway from this article is that we don't always know the "why" of something, but we need to remember that there's a "for whom" involved as well, and we probably don't see that either. Nevertheless, when we have faith and trust in Him, God will bless and sanctify our trials to our glory and His.
This is EXACTLY what I needed today! Thank you Anne, for your inspired thoughts!
I appreciate the general message in this article of not being so self centered as we struggle through life. Some trials may be of the variety discussed in this article, but to say every trial falls in this category is a stretch. Sometimes bad things happen because others use their agency for evil. Sometimes people make mistakes. Sometimes things happen simply as a result of living in a fallen world with all it's imperfections. The Lord allows these things to happen as part of this mortal experience knowing that the Atonement of Jesus Christ will ultimately heal all wounds. He brings some good out of every experience if we turn to Him. However, to imply that he causes all of them? No, otherwise the principles of agency are nullified.
I recently lost the second of my five children to cancer. I know they are safe and that we will discuss this very topic one glorious day. I have shared the article in hopes that just one, perhaps more, will find Hope and Peace, especially in my family. Thank you!
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