Plymouth Congregational Church

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Interview With Mark Lowry …

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Pastor Bill sent this “Interview With Mark Lowry” to me …

Have you ever asked yourself the age-old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” There is a verse in Ecclesiastes that says, “In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider.” I recently asked Mark Lowry for his thoughts on the subject, and as usual, he had plenty of wise things to say.

“The way I look at it,” Mark begins, “we’re all either coming out of trouble, we’re in trouble, or we’re heading towards it—those are our options! So the most important question should be, what are we learning here? We have to remember that we’re in school, we’re in boot camp– this ain’t our home. This life is preparing us for the next one.” He continues, “A great preacher I knew used to say, ‘When you’re going through hell, keep walking.’ We can’t quit, even though it is impossible to see the big picture when we’re in the middle of the forest, when everything is crashing down around us– at that point we’re just in survival mode. But if we keep walking and we don’t stop, if our pulse keeps pulsing and our breath keeps breathing, we’re going to get through it. We may get through it with only our breath and our heartbeat but we’ll get through it or we’ll die—and either way, we win!”

As we are speaking, Mark tells me that one of his closest friends is at the funeral of her 33 year-old niece, who died suddenly and unexpectedly a couple of days ago from a heart attack. Mark’s thoughts are obviously with his hurting friend, and he is careful to make sure that his words do not sound overly simplistic. “It’s easy for me to sit here and say keep going—it’s not my niece being buried, and I‘m not the one going through a sad, sad time.” he admits. “But scripture does tell us that ‘we suffer not as those who have no hope.’ I love what Colossians 1 says: ‘We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. He was supreme in the beginning– and leading the resurrection parade, He is supreme in the end.’ ”

Mark declares flatly, “I do believe God uses everything in our lives for His purpose, whether we understand it or not. Here’s how I explain it: One time when my nephew was four years old, he was over at my house playing with his cars on the floor. My brother and I were sitting there talking about the mortgage on my home. My nephew looked up at one point and said, ‘What’s a mortgage?’ Well, I had a choice there. I could waste both of our time trying to explain a mortgage to a four year old, or I could do what I did, which was to say, ‘Oh you don’t have to worry about that now—even though you don’t understand the mortgage, you can still be in this house!’ And that’s how I feel about God. The bottom line is I’m the kid, and He’s the daddy. Sometimes hard things come into in my life that slow me down and get my attention. I tell myself, ‘Let’s pass this test so we don’t have to take this one again!’ I don’t understand everything He does, it’s impossible. If He explained it all to me, I still wouldn’t get it. But He’s revealing what He can, as He can. I know much more about Him now than I did thirty years ago. And even when I can’t see His hand, I trust His heart.”

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