When Abnormal Becomes Normal



When my grandson, Max, was only a few weeks old, he had colic that was just endless! 

His three year old brother became so upset by the new baby’s constant crying that his Mommy and Daddy finally told him, “Babies cry. We just have to love him through it.” 

Satisfied that crying was just going to be part of having a baby brother; Zack accepted the constant crying without further comment.   

One afternoon, Zack was playing and Max was, as ususal, crying.   Suddenly, Max fell asleep mid-cry and was quiet.  Zack jumped up from his toys, ran over to the baby, kneeled down, and popped his brother in the face!  Needless to say, Max woke up with a scream and began crying again.  Zack stood up and with a look of relief said, “It’s ok, Max is crying again now!”    

Sometimes, when we are coping with one of life’s difficult circumstances we begin to think ‘this’ is how life is.  We become so used to dealing with the daily tears and frustration that we forget what life is supposed to feel like.  The abnormal becomes normal.   When good things do happen, we feel fear and anxiety because it isn’t “normal”.    

God does not change.  God’s plan for our lives does not change.  He has planned GOOD things for us even though what we’re going through at the moment is hard.  Sometimes, it seems what we are going through will last forever and we will never laugh or enjoy life again.  But, in time, it will be resolved; God is faithful. 

Take time to spend in God’s Word and in His presence each day no matter how weary or pressed you are.  In Him there is hope and peace and even joy.  Life is often hard but during those hard times, God has not forgotten where you are; rest in Him! 

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you”, says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

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