Not a Tragedy
“God does not write a tragedy.” This evening I stumbled across a post Jeff Bethke shared that his wife had written. I had the pleasure of seeing Jeff speak this past winter in Chicago, and as he came across not only as a brilliant mind but a gifted speaker, I clicked on the post. Quickly I was thrown for a loop.
“The truth is GOD DOES NOT WRITE A TRAGEDY. He is the greatest Author, and writes the best of stories,” his wife wrote.
I don’t know about you, but too many times I wonder at the tragedy numerous lives seem to be facing. However, not in the typical sense of the word tragedy. Death is a normal, though no less sad for being so, aspect of life. Health is a gift not all of us experience, and the curse of sin effects all of humanity in one way or another.
No, the tragedy I wonder at is a wasted life. So often it is easy to go about life and believe that the gifts God has planted in us will go unused, unheard, and unreached. To me, this seems to be a tragedy.
I love the gifts God has given me and I try to use them to the best of my ability daily.
However, in the day-to-day aspects of life we could sometimes label “monotonous,” it is easy to assume these gifts will fade away as we pursue more “important” parts of life.
But God does not write tragedy.
The gifts He has graciously given us are to be used for His glory, and we should not think for a moment that the way we are intricately wired is purposeless. The book of Romans says to “let us use them” and as material gifts are not meant to sit on a shelf collecting dust, I can only assume spiritual gifts are meant to be used as well.
I enjoy looking back over the ways God has given me opportunity to use my gifts, and though sometimes humbling (in the sense that I wanted to crawl under a rug, I was so unused to using these gifts and definitely a novice at first!), these experiences have helped place me on the road to using them in more abundant ways.
In the end, whether I only get to practice using my gifts here on earth, or use them in ways that the world will see, I strive to take these years to use them to the very best of my ability. God has gifted all of us for reasons we may know nothing about, and whether here on earth or for eternity, they will come in handy!
So thank you, Alyssa Bethke, for your reminder that God does not write tragedy! The way God has gifted us all is for a specific purpose planned long ago. Let’s not forget it!