Hello Hello Hello!
I hope you all had a good week! Halloween is coming up so I am sure that you have gotten your mask and your makeup and your costumes and your wigs and everything else! And if you haven’t just yet, I am sure that you will soon! I get to be a missionary for Halloween! *Cheese* 🙂 It doesn’t get any better than that. Does it?!?!
So this week has been fun as always. Especially serving with a Swede, there is never a dull moment. I realized something this week though; that most week’s of my mission seems to have their own little theme. In other words, it seems that each week there is one question that is asked more frequently than the other weeks. This week it seemed to be, “Why do bad/hard things happen?” I would ask another question to answer that one, “Why are we here?” Are we here to experience only the shine without the rain? To experience only joy without sorrow? To experience only warmth without cold? To smile, never to cry? What kind of experience would life be if only the “easy” or the “good” happened? Having never experiences anything else, would “good” or “easy” really be good or easy at all?
To answer this question I want to use language we can all understand. It comes from a song written by Jason Mraz. The title is “Life is Wonderful.” This song explains quite poetically and quite beautifully exactly what life really is all about. A couple of the verses read:
“It takes a night to make it dawn.
It takes a day to make you yawn.
It takes some cold to know the sun,
It takes some old to make you young
It takes the one to have the other…
It takes the dust to have it polished.”
“It takes some silence to make sound.
It takes some lost, before you found it.
It takes a road to go no where,
It takes a toll to make you care.
It takes a hole to see a mountain.”
Can you understand? Do you understand? Life is about growth. About experiencing one so that we can truly appreciate the other. Some of us may wonder, “If life will be hard either way, why spend time worshipping and getting to know God? What help will He be, to me?” The answer is this; that God is not there to make life easy or to prevent bad things from happening. God is there to make life worth it, and to strengthen us when the bad things inevitably happen. So what do we do? We find joy in every situation by seeing the hope and the growth that forms in us through the light of Christ.
I love you all and pray for you all! *Cheese* 🙂