I was bitten by a brown recluse, one of the more venomous spiders in the US.
The bite is halfway up the thight, and the leg's swollen and nasty, with involvement into the lyph nodes in the groin. It hurts, and amputation would seem really cool right now.
And...there's the abscessed tooth.
Hence the title..after the extraordinarily rough weekend...this too, God?
Ya gotta be s****n' me! YGBSM.
But no, He's not. This is simply what happens when you live in a fallen world.
You get sick, you get bitten by spider, accidents happen.
If God shielded you from it, as a reward for being a good Christian, He'd be undermining His own purpose.
And His purpose is to let each one of us choose to become citizens of Heaven.
We have to choose Him. That wasn't His original intention, but we've inherited Adam's 'curse'; we've inherited the rejection of Grace.
And we can't earn it back.
We can only live the lives we have, with all the horrible things that may happen, and live in faith, and hope, and in the love that affirms that we are, in spite of it all, Loved.
We can accept that love through our adversity, as a help and a guide, or we can choose to distort that love through the lens of entitlement and our idea of 'justice', and throw it back in God's face.
I don't deserve this! It's not fair.
No, we don't deserve the trials of this life.
We deerve far worse. Eternal damnation, in fact.
The thing that saves us, the only thing, is the miracle we inherited, along with the curse of Adam.
Someone already served our sentence.
And we're free to go.
The musical theme is, perhaps appropriately, Pat Benatar's We Belong.
Still hoping to get the new and improved version of Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart up and running in the near future. Just haven't had the energy to do it yet...but if you would like to read it, please say so in your comment and I'd be glad to send you a PDF (which should fit your Kindle).
Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
If you can, please do leave a comment. I am trying to answer all, and I am failing, but please know this - I read and treasure each one.
Below are my recent releases on Kindle -please excuse their presence in the body of the blog. I haven't the energy to get them up as 'buttons' in the sidebar. You can click on the covers to go to the Amazon links.