This is the question I always ask myself when crap happens, and lately, a LOT of it has been happening. I don’t know if it’s my lousy luck or what, but to have your car get hit TWICE, while PARKED, within 2 weeks of each other, is just downright ridiculous. The first time happened when I was stopped at a red light and some truck rear ended me, destroying pretty much half of my car. The second time was when my car was parked in the school parking lot, and someone obviously tried to park next to me and failed miserably, leaving a dent and some scratches on the rental car.
Twice it happened, and twice I felt like there was nothing I could do to avoid the accidents. I was stopped at the red light like I should be. I was parked within the lines of my parking spot. I guess it just comes down to being at the wrong place at the wrong time :/ But why me? Why me God? Right when I asked the question, 2 verses came to mind:
“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”
2 Corinthians 1:8-9
Perhaps God wanted to show me, through these accidents, the consequences of reckless driving. Not that I’m a reckless driver, but there are er, moments, that I space off while driving (that’s what commuting does to you). Instead of having to learn it myself when I hit others, hence I’m held responsible, I can learn from other’s mistakes. Or maybe God wants me to learn forgiveness. To forgive those who have wronged me, so that my own sins may be forgiven.
But I think what God really wants me to learn is that in all circumstances, I must learn to rely on Him, just as Paul did when he was being persecuted. There’s this misleading belief that God will never give us more than we can handle, but no where in the bible does it actually say that. It only says God won’t let us be tempted beyond our ability. As for giving us more than we can handle, what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians is pretty much evidence that God will always give us more than we can handle on our own.
But the thing is we don’t have to try and handle everything on our own. I don’t have to handle this on my own. Why must I when I have a loving and all-powerful God who is willing to carry me to the end?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”