For I know the plans I have for you, plans for hope and a future…
Sometimes one of the hardest questions Christians get asked is, ‘If God cares so much, then why has does he let bad things happen in life?’ Fortunately for us, we get asked that question A LOT. Therefore, it stops being such a hard question, and we see it as an easy question. Tonight I would like to answer that question for you.
Some of you have heard of her, some of you haven’t. She is probably my favorite sports player of all time, if surfing is considered a sport. Bethany Hamilton. Would have been the best surfer in the world. IN THE WORLD. Would have been, if not for the accident… Bethany started surfing about at the same time she was learning to walk. She was a Christian girl, always praying before going out to hit the waves. At only 13 years old, her arm was bit off by a shark. While she was surfing. This week’s verse is Jeremiah 12:11-For I know the plans I have for you, plans for hope and a future. Now, we can tell that this is God speaking. And that should send chills right down your spine. This verse is relevant to all of us-whether we are 4, or 104! God always has a plan for you. Did you notice that this verse is also telling us not to worry? God has a plan for you! He is keeping you safe, even if you think that you’re going to die. What are the chances that on the day Bethany’s arm got bit off by a shark her best friend and her BFF’s family would be there? What are the chances the shark didn’t come back for more? What are the chances that there was a paramedic on the beach? What are the chances that someone was level-headed enough to wrap his shirt around her arm, saving her life? What are the chances that the paramedic whispered in her ear, God will never leave you or forsake you? What are the chances… that God was protecting her? That God protects you? So Bethany miraculously lived. She went to the hospital, but she lived. She lost her arm, but she lived. I am almost 100% sure that Bethany asked, why did God let this happen to me? But Bethany decided to keep on surfing. She learned to surf, as well as do many other things, with one arm. And she started getting famous, because a shark bit off her arm and she kept trying to surf. Let that sink in. A shark bit off her arm and she kept trying to surf. No wonder TV channels from all over the world were trying to interview her! And Bethany hated those interviews. But she did them anyways. And she impacted thousands and thousands of people by telling them about Jesus Christ. She told them how he loves them. So, so much. So there you have it! An inspiring true story about how something good can come out of something bad. And as you walk away from your computer, think about this: God has a plan for YOU.
Bonus awesome points to anyone who finds the secret message that I hid in there!