Podcast Episode 288: Where Is God in Our Hardships?

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In The Loop with Andy Andrews, hosted by David Loy

 

In this episode, we answer a listener’s question on overcoming hardships.

 

God knows what He’s doing.

  • We have a limited understanding.
  • Sometimes parents allow their children to go through difficulties because they want what’s best for their child.

 

Hardships can be a blessing.

  • Adversity builds muscle.
  • I wouldn’t have chosen to live under a pier, but today I see the benefits of that time in my life.

 

You can choose how you view hardship.

  • Be on the lookout for massive blessings because of your hardships.
  • Just because we don’t know what God is doing, that doesn’t mean He isn’t doing great things.

 

Tune in to hear about the hardest time in Andy’s life and what happened because of it.


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  • h lynn keith

    Christie (sp?), I was where your husband is. I understand what he is going through. The feelings in his heart and the thoughts in his head were in my heart and in my head.

    ‘Pilot’ was not something I did. Pilot was who I was. When I lost my seat in the cockpit, I died. Later, there were nights when I slipped out of bed with my wife, sat in the spare bedroom, and cried until dawn. I did not know it then, but I was mourning my own death.

    There are two stories from Exodus and the Gospels that helped: the stories of Moses and Jesus.

    Moses was prince of Egypt, as high as anyone could get. From that position, he was condemned as a murderer and exiled into the Sinai. That was meant to be a death sentence. Moses returned from the desert as God’s messenger and the leader of the Jews.

    Jesus overcame death and showed us that there is life beyond death.

    It took me years to understand this. During those years, yes, I felt God abandoned me. I found some solace in Ecclesiastes. Still do.

    Every day of those years I was a suicide risk, and no one knew it. I don’t know but I’m willing to bet that your husband is a suicide risk. The only thing I can say to your husband about his situation is “Been there. Done that. There is life after death.”

  • Pat Laderer

    My husband also loved to fly. God had other plans for him. When he found out he had myotonic dystrophy, he had to quit flying because he couldn’t push hard enough on the brakes to stop the plane. But God intervened and showed him his new path was ministry. He went to seminary and became a church pastor who influenced many lives. And when he could no longer do that he influenced many other lives as a prayer warrior and one who not give up. His disabiity became his message to trust God and do whatever he could to bring people to meet God. He survived several pulmonary embolisms, blood clot in his leg, heart attack, blocked bowels, hearing loss, macular degeneration. I don’t know why he had to endure all the suffering but I know everyone he touched knew God was with him in every situation.

    It was hard to watch the love of my life go through all the losses and finally die. He had Hospice for 24 hours at the end. Our family was blessed to have time to say goodbye. When I asked what he wanted us to know he said,”Love each other.” All the heartache and trials made both of us better people.

    So I thank God for his life, love and witness. I continue to share his story in hopes that it will benefit others. God knows what he’s doing and God’s timing is perfect even if I don’t like it.