I used to watch the show Full House all the time, from the original broadcasts to the reruns we've seen for almost the last 20 years....most of my entire life. That is until something drastically changed in my family a couple of years ago. The life lessons (you know when the dorky music started playing and a "true" teaching moment was coming up) from Danny, Uncle Jesse and even Aunt Becky made me wanna puke. Some episodes had several. I've inserted a video below, in case you've forgotten what I'm talking about. Life's obviously NOT like that for 99.9% of human civilization.
I didn't then, and still don't understand why things happen the way they do. Ecclesiastes chapter 3 starts out "For everything there is a season...". Not everything happens for a reason, that's a scripture that gets twisted around a lot. "Things" are going to happen. When man sinned, sin entered the world (Romans 5:12). It's not God's desire that bad things happen, he gave man a free choice...a free will. I DO KNOW that Romans 8:28 says "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." That tells me that God can take the worst and turn it into good when we serve him. Whether it's a teaching tool, a "life lesson" (without the cheesy music, but I guess there could be cheesy music because well, he's God), or an encouragement to ourselves or others that it's possible to survive and overcome a situation/obstacle.
Moving right along, I'm not very open about personal stuff because it's personal. I don't blast my business or thoughts on Facebook, though please don't think of me as so super spiritual that I haven't thought of it numerous times. But the feelings of hurt and numbness lingered for some time after the drastic change I experienced. Uncertainty, emptiness, loneliness, anger and the "whatever" attitude filled my insides.
Fast forward to the present...things are being restored to a previous time. Kind of like the restore point on a computer that takes you back to before things got really messed up. I can't explain why, only God knows. Just an FYI, computers can make restore points silently, that you don't even know they're there until you really need them. Let that sink in a while, because God can do the same thing. So that's where I am right now, it's crazy weird, things have picked right back up where they left off. But this time I have a totally different perspective than the one I had before and even when the madness began...a broken one...one that didn't click until the restore point kicked in. Human nature is to argue those "restore points" because they're not in our timing, on our terms or our idea; more commonly referred to as being a __________. You can fill in the blank for your entertainment, just don't put someone's name there, unless it's your own. Because the truth is we're all selfish, conceited, inconsiderate and the list goes on, on some level and at some time.
Which brings me to this scripture, Colossians 3:12-14 "Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony." This sums it up. I don't think any of us can say we don't have any faults or offenses, which I'm laughing to myself right now from the hilarity of that statement. Even so, if we're God's people we should do these things, myself included. We all need grace and love in our lives, but to get it we have to give it, no strings attached. Love as God has loved us and forgive as God has forgiven us. If everyone really knew the "things" we'd done....wow!!! Something to keep in mind when we get hurt or see others get hurt, and turn into the Hulk.
Maybe you've been hurt over and over in your life, maybe not so much. We just need to have the faith to believe and know that God is still God through everything. God doesn't promise fairy tale endings, even to His followers, but He's never left my side through anything. He's put people in my life that I needed at the time and continue to need. I don't understand why things happen the way they do. But I do know it can help to understand a person's decisions/actions by looking at the situation from their perspective; by hearing what they hear and seeing what they see. It gives more insight to why someone did or didn't do something. They say perspective changes everything and that rings true to me. I just have to be willing to put myself in their shoes.
I have experienced the Thrill of Hope and seen first hand that God is a God of miracles and restoration. I'm sure that each of us can look at something in our lives or the lives of others and see that God is in it during this holiday season, we just have to have the right perspective.