In Chapter 7, we discussed how “failure could be a bridge across the chasm that pride had created” and shared how some of our own failures had proved to be life lessons. We reflected on how apparent failure can sometimes be simply a lack of perspective on time.
God operates outside of time and space much as we view the short term struggles of our children through the lens of our life experience. Not only must we try to see failure as a step on the journey of discernment of God’s plan for our lives, but we must be patient.
In Chapter 8, we discussed how God tolerates sin and heals pain. God is always consistent and will not interfere with our free will, but He remains by our side to comfort us. Not only does He comfort us, but He also comforts those whom we hurt. He forgives us and asks us to show forgiveness. Although there is no place for sin in heaven, a God who loves us cannot tolerate, ultimately, the existence of hell. He will not rest until we have all knocked on his door.
Next week, we will meet for our last time on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. and discuss Chapters 8, 9, and 10.