I talked with a wonderful friend today. She’s had her fair share of life challenges. Those challenges include breast cancer, abandonment, and some financial struggles. But, she shared today that these past six months have been the best of her life. Then she confessed, “I’m just waiting for ‘the other shoe to drop.’” I understand her comment and so do you. We’ve all experienced those times when the weight of life simply “beats us down” and we expect things to get worse again. But, let me write about this briefly.
The writer of Ecclesiastes gives an insight that will be helpful to her and to us as well. Ecc. 7:14 says, “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.” Just like her, we all need to be reminded to be happy when things are good. Life is not always great, so don’t waste your energy during wonderful times fantasizing about bad things that could happen. Could they happen? Of course, but things COULD get even better!
So, why do difficulties happen? The last part of the verse seems to say that God allows problems so we might not know the future. Here’s what makes sense: God desires that you and I depend on God for EVERYTHING. If we were to know our future…well, if you’re like me you might be thinking, “Who needs you, God? I already know what I need to know about my future.” Right? So, don’t
The other shoe just might be something AWESOME.