“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. [We are] hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed”- 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
There is a Christian cartoon strip in one of my folders but I could not remember when and where I have obtained it. There are what seem to be Chinese characters on the frames. Most likely, I have received it through email years ago.
First frame: The cartoon strip begins with a boy kneeling to God in prayer for protection. It is the perfect way to start a day, to pray for God’s blessing to face the challenges of the day.
Next frame: After he has prayed, he has started on his way.
Next frame: However, a stone hit him at the back of the head.
Next frame: He cries aloud as if distraught that something bad has happened to him even if he has already prayed to God.
That is the common reaction of many people and even Christians. Yes, God’s protection is always there. His hands cover us and shelter us from all forms of harm. However, life on earth is not perfect. People commit mistakes. We can make mistakes that can harm other people and vice versa.
As in the text above, we are hard-pressed on every side but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. All these because we know the hope of our calling and we know that the Lord will never leave us or forsake us. His joy is our strength.
Next frame: The boy has noticed that there are stones falling behind him.
Next frame: So he looks up behind him…
Last frame: He has seen the Lord Jesus protecting him from all the bigger falling stones with his own body.
The cartoon strip has implied that the Lord has missed one stone not because he has failed to protect him but because he needs to get hurt so he could learn important lessons while on his way; so he could pause for a while and look up and see the goodness of God and how He loves him. Its intention is not to break him but to make him firm and strong.
God loves us too much to hurt us. Whenever it seems too hard to see the hands of God moving in our lives, we should always keep in mind that He remains and we can trust his heart.