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Seeing the Bright Side Written by: Shayla Jones
May 30, 2020, 2:00 PM

It’s not easy to understand how a good and just God allows bad things to happen to good people. It’s not always easy to smile and turn the other cheek when someone does you wrong. It’s certainly difficult to be positive in tough situations. With that being said, I know that it is not easy to live through this Pandemic and smile when it seems there is nothing that can be done. So where is the bright side?

 

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

(Side note: I can not mention this topic and then not talk about it briefly) First off, to blame God for allowing bad things to happen is to say that your judgement is higher than His. This is just not so. My favorite verse, Psalms 46:10, states that we should be still and acknowledge God’s control and authority. Proverbs 3:5 tells us not to lean on our own understanding and Philippians 4:6 ensures us that we do not have to be anxious. Simply put, God’s plan is God’s plan. We may never see the reasons or end results to things that happen here on Earth but what we can see is a God who is in control. We need to give thanks and turn to God through prayer and obedience through this Pandemic.

Secondly, what good people? Bad things sometimes seem to happen to people you consider good and people you consider bad are blessed. Why is that? You are seeing an illusion. The truth is no one is a good person. Roman 3:23 and Romans 3:9 both clearly show that all people have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. There are no “good” or “bad” people. In fact before salvation through Christ we are all dirty rags. The only reason it appears that those who aren’t saved receive undeserved blessings is because all people are under God’s grace here on Earth. Only in hell will they be fully cut off from God’s love and grace.

This is a complex topic and it’s hard to grasp. What I do know we can understand is this: 1.) God is in control, 2.) Trust Him not your own understanding, 3.) All people are sinners Rob Phillips explains it really well in his book, The Apologist's Tool Kit: Resources to Help you Defend the Christan Faith.

 

The Covid-19 Pandemic Has a Bright Side

This is something that for the last month I have struggled really hard with. At one point I even thought to myself, “Why do I feel so depressed? I feel trapped and just want someone to talk to.” It’s crazy because I even began to feel guilty for having emotions like that. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s understandable to feel that way in this current situation but that doesn’t make dwelling in my depression okay. As a Christan I’ve been given God’s word and the Holy Spirit to help guide and equip me with the ability to see the bright side.

So here it is, the bright side; God is right here with you and he’s the one in full control. It’s not our Government, your friends, or family that deserves your attention when things go south. It’s God. You see when things get a little shaky we panic instead of keeping our eyes fixed on God. In Matthew 14:22-33 it is just the same.When Peter is trusting of God’s authority he obeys and walks on water but when he turns his focus away from God he immediately sinks. The only way to see a bright side is for you to focus on God. Take this time in your life to submit yourself in obedience to God’s will then you will see how even in this global pandemic there is good. You can do that by diving into God’s word, prayer, and by seeking the support/advice from trusted mentors in the church body.

Now that I’ve explained how we can’t expect to understand how or why God works the way he does this is the bright side I’ve come to see in my life:

 

My Personal Experience During Covid-19

Right before all of the public schools shut down due to Covid, I was dealing with some drama at school. I had recently separated myself from some friends over the drama. This was extremely hard for me because I didn’t want to lose a childhood friend. I was left feeling emotionally hurt. I had confronted them about the way they were acting and after some serious talk I told them that I forgave them but some space was necessary.

Crazy enough within the next week or so all public schools in Missouri started to shut down. Little did I know that I would be getting some much needed space sooner than I thought. You have to put yourself into highschooler’s shoes to imagine the emotional roller coaster that this caused. We had to move to online schooling and school events including prom and graduations were getting postponed and canceled. My moods went up and down and I went into a state of feeling depressed. On top of that I couldn’t hang out and talk to the few people I relate most to because of the statewide quarientine.

To be very honest I had been struggling with some sin with my boyfriend before the quarantine as well. I would be lying if I hadn’t shared that. We are both Christans but even still it can be far too easy to fall into lust. I know that God knew exactly what things were troubling us and I know God’s plan to give us some space to confront the sin was no mistake. Quarientine hasn’t been all that bad. Yes I miss people but I don’t have to be anxious because my faith is in Jesus Christ.

On the bright side with the extra time on my hands I was focusing on my health by doing daily workouts and staying on top of medication. I was even motivated by my sister to try out a bible study plan. My family got out on the lake a couple times and went outside as much as possible. I was so worried about all the things at school we were missing that it only just now dawned on me what I have. I know not everyone is in the same shoes as me but I would like to encourage you to take a step back.

Take a step back and look at the people in your life who are there for you, the food and necessities God has provided, and your safety during Pandemic. For me when I took a step back I realized that my life before and after quarientine are equally blessed in different perspectives. God gave me time to step back and evaluate my behavior and bad habits so that I could repent and regain a christn focus in my life. He gave me time to improve myself physically and mentally, away from the stress of drama filled school. Overall I miss church, school, and people but this has been a refreshing breath of fresh air for my life.

I know I am not perfect. I still sin and I still go into occasional waves of depression and lose motivation but I will not dwell in those things. I am thankful for God and His mysterious ways of achieving miraculous works. Who knew that this pandemic was the wake up call we all might have needed.