Sometimes life makes no sense, tragedy hits and God appears not to care. When life gets cruel and God seems distant, silent and unconcerned, can you keep the faith? Can you trust in God’s promises and his revealed character?
To take back your life requires a perseverance of faith. I like to call it, “sanctified stubbornness.” It is faith that stands strong in spite of the circumstances, not because of them.
Years ago I heard a parable that illustrates what I mean by sanctified stubborness:
Once upon a time, there was a farmer who owned an old mule. The old mule fell into an abandoned well. The farmer came home and heard the old mule bellowing at the top of his lungs from the bottom of the pit.
After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer realized there was no way he could get the old mule out of the deep, dry well. Realizing the old mule had seen its best days many years ago, and knowing the well was worthless as a source of usable water, he decided to “kill two birds with one stone.”
He decided the wisest thing to do was to bury the old mule in the well, hence putting the mule out of its misery and eliminating the hazard of the abandoned well at the same time. So he began to haul dirt and shovel it down on the mule to bury it. Initially, the old mule went crazy, thrashing and braying even louder!