I settle into my big chair as I begin to write more in depth about what I believe to be the second vital belief for success in 2010. It is not easy. I’ve written to dear Delilah, our Time’s Up coordinator to ask her for a reprieve so that I can ask God how to approach Belief #2: Remember the Universal Law—You Reap What You Sow.
If you follow my blog, you know that I write in order to inspire and bring hope. At least, that is my aim. To give you a glimpse of hope, to give you the strength to carry on: that is my heart’s desire. I write based on my experiences—the good and the bad. So now I sit and I ask, “God, how do I explain to the beautiful people on the other side of this page—those who have been brutalized and escaped like runaway slaves in the middle of the night, leaving everything and everyone behind—that you reap what you sow?
How do I give that message to those precious souls who have lost their children and loved ones by the hands of someone who had no regard for their loved one’s life or their own? Some of you are still seeking justice in an unjust system that is broken and, I believe, doesn’t want to be repaired. Women and children continue to be violated with little or no restitution. How can I say that you are reaping what you have sown?
I know this is a question many of us ask, but I also know this to be a Universal Law. If you are one who believes in Holy Scripture, you know that Galatians 6:7 reads, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
Well, that works great for those who have committed heinous crimes. But how do we explain the injustices done against the innocent children and babes? How do we explain a woman being beat to death or strangled until she is unconscious? Why do bad things happen to people who are good? Now I’ll make it personal—why did my only son fall victim to a senseless beating that quickly turned the journey and path for his life of 17 years into a downward spiral?
There is no easy answer to this question, and because I do not want to attempt to write what has already been so beautifully written, may I strongly suggest reading The Shack by Wm. Paul Young? It is a powerful story about this very dilemma. The writer himself experienced great loss as a child and young adult. Here is what Wynonna Judd wrote about this book: “Reading The Shack during a very difficult transition in my life, this story has blown the door wide open to my soul.”
In the meanwhile, here are some additional words that I pray will bring peace to your
aching soul and bring you hope for His justice.
“Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Psalm 126:5
“The wicked man does deceptive work, but he who sows righteousness [right doing] will have a sure reward.” Proverbs 11:18
And lastly, “Remember now, whoever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright [for]ever cut off? Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same by the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of His anger they are consumed.” Job 4:7-9
No matter what life has brought to our doorsteps, I pray each of us continue to sow and reap in His love.
In love, light, and healing,
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