When people have questions…

This is something a very dear friend wrote me:

I had a philosophical question, but didn’t want to get “all religious” on you. Anyway, it was about the two details you talked about that changed your travel plans and how you attributed those things to God’s timeline for you. I guess that’s were I always have questions, because I don’t know how some people see altered plans (things not working out or changing) as something other than just coincidence or a matter of timing, rather than some larger plan. I don’t know, I guess I just want God AND our personal choices to work together….something that says PEOPLE are responsible for what happens in their lives as much as a higher force is. I wonder (when people attribute things that happen to a higher force at work) if it makes it too easy to just say, “Well, it’s out of my hands; it’s what He had planned for me,” rather than, “This happened for whatever reason and this is how I chose to handle it.” Am I making any sense? Is there not room for BOTH people affecting the course of their lives and God? But then, that leaves us never really knowing if what happens to us is just chance or fate. Is it really possible to know? I guess your comments got me thinking about issues I’ve had problems with….

This is in response to: THIS POST

Tell me your thoughts. I haven’t answered her back yet:)

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4 thoughts on “When people have questions…

  1. Interesting thing to ponder. I believe that both people AND God can determine the course of your life and the choices that you make. People would argue with me on that one I’m sure, they’d say that if you made the wrong choice based just on people’s influence God would let you know it, but He puts certain people in our lives for a reason, and although we may never know if what happens is by chance or by fate, they both can still play a part in our lives.

  2. Char: This is my thought. I agree with you. And my friend is also right. But I don’t think there really is a right or wrong answer to this, because I think it depends on the person.

    I think it depends on how in control of their life they believe they are, and how much control they give God.

    For myself, everything just happened to weird to just be chalked up to coincidence, just like my trip to CO, and how all that played out. Everything I tried, somehow something went wrong and I wasn’t able to go to TX, or visit my friend in GA.

    I didn’t look at it in a negative aspect, because sure I could have gone somehow, perhaps a day later, but I took myself away from it, and trusted God just knowing somewhere from deep inside of me, that He wanted me to stay put.

    Do I know for sure if that was all the reason my mom went to church…no, I don’t, but I do know that believing that was the reason, just raises the hope inside of me that more awesome things can happen, just by trusting Him.

    But that’s me, that’s how I see things.

  3. Just wanted to stop by to say that our jaunt on Facebook meant a lot to me. Wanted to thank you for the moment. You are so alive in HIM. You are so passionate for His pleasure. His beauty pours forth – Psalm 50:2. This question is the very first question I remember having when I was first interested in spiritual things. Love your heart!

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