AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: December 18, 2012 | COMMENTS: 9 Comments
During my pregnancy with “L”, our therapist, Kevin Anderson, used to talk about how each and every one of us endures suffering during our lives. We’d discuss the depths of human suffering, and why, if given the choice would anyone choose to live here on Earth, knowing that suffering was part of the deal.
I’d never thought of that before then.
I guess that’s because I don’t remember being given a choice. But if I had been given the choice to live my life, would I have chosen to?
Of course I would have. I love my children. I love being their mom, being Sean’s wife, and being my parents’ daughter. My life is joy-filled, but has also been challenging. I endured those challenges by hanging onto (sometimes by a thread) my faith.
I’ve written this little story in my head a million times while reflecting on my discussions with Kevin. Given the state of our world at this moment, I thought it might be time to share it.
So, please pardon the indulgence.
There once was an angel who was asked if she’d like to come to our world.
“What’s it like?” asked the angel.
God answered, “It’s a wondrous place. Everywhere you look there is beauty: Majestic mountains, great oceans, and creatures of every shape, size and color. On Earth you can experience great kindness and feel unfathomable depths of love. Some days are filled with smiles and laughter that will flood your heart with pure joy. On Earth you will learn the value of a true friend and know the devotion of family. Do you want to go?”
The angel was befuddled by the question.
“Father, is there are reason I wouldn’t want to visit this beautiful world?”
God’s answered, “Yes, my angel, there is. The world is exactly as I described it, bit in addition to all of the beauty, there is suffering. All of my Earthly children experience suffering during their lives.”
“How can this be, Father?”
“Well, amidst the majesty of the beautiful world there is loss. Sometimes the mountains fall, the oceans swell or my creatures grow dark and hurt one another. There are also times when kindness and love are forsaken. And for a few of my children, friends do not come easily and family abandons. It is then that the smiles and laughter fade into despair and sadness. Knowing this, do you still want to go?”
Without hesitation, the angel nodded her head. “Yes, Father. I want to go. I want to see the beauty. I want to live in kindness and smile and laugh. I will walk joyfully with my family and I’ll be a good friend. I want to experiences the depths of love that you speak of.”
“And what will you do when the suffering comes, my Angel?” God asked.
“Oh Father. When the suffering comes, as you have so promised, I will walk with you through it. It is then that my faith will sustain me.”
“Excellent, my dear angel. Take your bright light to the world, walk lovingly through your life and hang onto me through your suffering. Your faith in me will sustain you through the suffering. This is my promise to you.”