Blog >
Should God keep me from suffering? a parable
February 17, 2020, 12:45 PM

     There once was a man named George who took a walk each morning. As he walked, George would converse with his neighbors. One morning, he happened by Sam and Gloria’s house to see them busy mowing the lawn. George stopped to talk but Sam quickly said, “no time to talk gotta mow!” George became curious seeing this morning after morning, knowing that Sam and Gloria had a teenage son who was capable of mowing, and wondering why they would do it every day instead of once or twice a week.

      George stopped and asked why Sam mowed every day. “Because our son has to walk across the grass and we don’t want him to stumble on an obstacle,” came the answer. George asked if their son could mow. “No!” “Why would we ask him to struggle like that?,” came the answer.

      George started to observe many ways that this couple kept their son from struggle. They cleaned his room and served him dinner in front of the tv so that he did not have to go up the stairs. George suspected that they even did the boy’s homework. Finally, he noticed Sam driving a huge tractor down the road. Curious he followed. Sam pulled into the school and proceeded to begin demolishing the curb and making a new path to the front door. “Sam, what is going on?” George asked. “Just smoothing out junior’s walk to the front door,” Sam answered.

     George left shaking his head knowing that this particular boy would never amount to anything. Why is it that we expect God to do everything and to pave the way for us when we simply should trust that He knows what is best for us as we encounter struggles in this life? God is no lawn-mower parent. He has a plan and a desire for you. Romans 5:3-5 states this: “we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

      God does not leave us alone, but He struggles through with us that we might succeed in struggle, and that we might rely on and know Him. You are who you are because of the struggle that got you here.