In Loving Memory of Turtle
Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
Isn't that the question everybody asks when something traumatic happens to them? Loss of a job, a sudden serious illness in the family, the Bad-to-Worse situations, or even the death of a loved one. This just happened to me.
I don't curse or hate God for taking my cat from me, more so I've been striving to understand why. Why when I, his faithful servant, whose already struggled with so much, after so much prayer and fasting, would find my cat dead? After receiving comfort and revelation that she was fine, and, in his time, be returned to me safely. I'm sure many other good people have asked these same questions, and perhaps even cursed or turned away from God because of the pain. I've learned something over this incident, and I know this knowledge can help others who are suffering or struggling like I am right now.
God Will Lift Us Up
Dealing with the Pain
No, its most certainly NOT easy to deal with. And its not something that will turn itself overnight, but these pains aren't forever. While Time is probably the one of the biggest healers, giving service and the Atonement of Christ are the most effective and powerful. While I just want to curl up in a ball and mourn the loss of my beloved cat, instead I know that I can reach others through my loss. I felt inspired to create a memorial video of her, and to share it to the world, for those who have also lost a loved one.
Perhaps what you've lost wasn't a pet, but a family member or child. For me, Turtle is my child. She was very near and dear to my heart, and she was there when I really needed something to love. While I mourn her loss in this mortal life, I am comforted to know that it really isn't the end. I will see her again. God's promise to me that she would be returned in his own time wasn't a lie, its just not in my time. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." -Isaiah 55:8-9
I was expecting my cat to come back sometime when I settled into my mission routine, perhaps even at the latest when I would be released in August of 2013. But apparently God had another idea in mind. He knows something I don't, and for whatever reason my cat had to be removed from me in this life to fulfill some purpose in his eyes. I can only trust that he knows what he's doing, and I know with all my heart that Turtle will be returned to me again in Christ's Second Coming. I look forward to that joyous reunion, and until that time, I pray to know how I can help those around me
Never Give Up
Just because we can't see something right away, doesn't mean its not worth waiting for. Its hard, when you can't understand something. You often question its truthfulness, you begin to doubt or fear, and sometimes, some things are just too crazy to believe. I know, however, that God NEVER breaks his promises. No matter how dark the storm ahead of us, how cold the night, or how overpowered our situations are, God is there for us, if we reach out and endure, he will deliver us through our trails, and our blessings will be great. I end this with my Testimony in Christ's name, Amen.
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