By: Irene

Is God mean? When things go wrong in life, is it God punishing you? I thought so, until....

As a child, I was exposed to God through my family. I was taught to pray and that God existed, nothing more. I thought that God was mean and everything that went wrong was because God was punishing me for something.

When I was 21, I became pregnant. No one really disapproved. At least if they did, they never told me. It seemed okay. Everyone was doing it and had done it. I wasn’t married, and that still seemed to be okay. Everyone thought, “Well, at least he’s still there.”

28 weeks into my pregnancy, something unexpected happened. We were expecting a little girl. The baby and I seemed fine, but on

Christmas morning around 3 am, I started feeling sick. I thought it was the cheeseburger I had eaten at 2 am. This stomach ache continued until 8 am. I woke up my boyfriend and my aunt. I wanted to go to the hospital to make sure everything was all right. When we got there, they told me I couldn’t go home that day and that I was going to have the baby.

Here I was, three months early, and it was Christmas. Nurses and doctors were everywhere. I was crying. All I could think is that my child was going to die. After nine hours of labor, at 12:43 pm, I gave birth to a 2 lb., 8 oz. crying baby girl. She was whisked away by the neonatal doctor and nurse. I began to call on God. I asked Him to spare her, not knowing all along that this was God’s plan. I thought I was being punished for the wrong I did, and that she was going to suffer. The doctor got her stable. They came and told us what was going on. They took her to Methodist Hospital in Gary, and all I could hear was the worst. I checked out of the hospital to go be with her. I called my family and asked them to pray. I prayed and asked the Lord to help her.

She was doing well. The better she got, the less I prayed. I thought, “I prayed and got what I wanted. My part is done.” My boyfriend and I went through difficult times after she was born. Things were always difficult, but now we had a baby.

Then, four months after our daughter was born, my boyfriend gave his life to God. He began to change, but I didn’t. The Lord placed in his heart that we should get married and live right. So, when our daughter was 18 months old, we got married. I still had not changed, but God made a promise to my husband that I was unaware of. God told him to pray for my salvation, and I would be saved. Just as God promised, I was saved during my second pregnancy. I began feeling God’s love for the first time. I began to understand all that I had been through was for a reason. The reason is to share God’s love with others.

If you thought God was mean, if you felt He was punishing you, if you have been through some of the things that I have been through, know this: God loves you and has a good plan for you. He loved you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for you.
 

Real Life Stories - Chapter 34:

IS GOD MEAN?


Dear Reader - are you at peace with God?  If not, you can be.  Do you know what awaits you when you die?  You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain.  Either Jesus Christ died for yours sins, or He didn't (He did!).  Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God?  We plead with you ... please don't make such a tragic mistake.

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