Ever Wonder?

This is my second post in a row that wasn't what I had planned on writing about. Today, I had planned to share recipes and stories about the food that Netter has been talking about in her updates to folks letting them know how her recovery has been going. I'm going to put that one off for now and talk about something that happened last night.

The world lost a great champion when Stefanie Spielman passed away yesterday. As often happens when such things occur, I became consumed in the task of finding more and more information about Stefanie. I've always been a big Chris Spielman fan so I knew about Stefanie's fight against breast cancer, but I didn't know all the details, all the stories behind the stories that I found in my research last night. One quote keeps coming back to me today.

In the diary she kept during her first bout with cancer in 1998 Stefanie wrote:

"I do not feel sorry for myself. I do not wish this would have happened to anyone else, I pray I grow stronger with each passing day."

I cannot imagine a greater faith, a greater courage, a greater moment of selflessness. Really, that's what Stefanie's life was about.

God took her anyway.

I'm not afraid to say that I looked up last night and said: "Why?"

I know, nobody can explain why bad things happen to good people. Nobody can explain a lot about what happens in this world, and really a lot of it doesn't make any sense at all.

Ever wonder who makes these rules?

Yeah, me too.

3 comments:

read2akid said...

I have a long list of question to ask The Big Guy Upstairs if I am lucky enough to meet Him. Almost all of them are why questions.

Cat said...

I wonder all the time. I believe that these things are evidence that we live in a fallen and broken world that desperately needs redemption. It rankles, and it never seems fair, but that's just the way this world is. In the end, true redemption only comes down to 2 questions - do you know you need it, and do you accept God's plan for redemption? The clincher is that, even when you answer both those questions with resounding affirmation, bad things will still happen in this life. A friend of mine who has gone through Breast Cancer treatments this past year shared 2 Cor. 4: 16-18 with me - We do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. I know it doesn't seem like momentary light affliction . . . but really, when you compare it to eternal life . . . maybe it is.

prashant said...

i believe that these things are evidence that we live in a fallen and broken world that desperately needs redemption.

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