When Our Life Crashes

Yesterday, my computer hard drive crashed. While attempting to save one page I worked on for over 2 hours, the computer froze. I couldn’t even force quit the program. After I shut it down with the main power button, I couldn’t get it back in operation. It stuck at the Apple logo.

If anyone could fix it, I knew the tech guy at the Apple store could. He couldn’t. The problem called for data retrieval services. As I write, my 7-year old computer stands in line at an Apple service business. I’m hoping to retrieve very important data, but I have no guarantee. I go on, but with an emptiness over what I lost.

Life’s like that. Everything goes along just fine, then boom! It’s all changed. Job’s life also crashed. Everything was going fine–great, in fact. Then, without warning, everything changed. Everything he had lived for, built up, accumulated, and children he loved he saw destroyed in the matter of a few minutes.

At first Job leaned on what he knew of the Lord, both the good and the bad in life. Then he fell silent. Finally, he exploded with “Why?” over and over. Recovery, which did come, took a long time, involved a lot more questions, and only God could fully satisfy his quest.

Maybe through a death, accident, illness, or addiction,  your life has crashed. Like Job, you live on with hope, but face an uncertain future. It took Job a long time, but God eventually met him at the point of his need. He’ll do no less for you.

About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy (gordongrose.com) blog to learn more. TragedyTransformed.com provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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