I had a conversation with my daughter today about things always happen for a reason.   Everything in life happens because God made it happen or because he allows it to happen.  So what does that mean for us?  I believe that things always happen for a reason because God wants us to learn something from our experience.  We quantify things by being right or wrong.  Sometimes our bad is a gift ends up being a good gift in disguise from God.

Some of you reading this may say that your situation is so bad, how could it possibly be from God.  My answer to that is God is teaching you something.  Coping with struggles forces us into prayer that we may never have had in our lives before.  Pride and stubbornness are melted away through trials.  Being humbled only happens when you are pushed to your breaking point.  When you reach your breaking point, there is nothing or no one to turn to but God.

Proverbs 19:21 NASB Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the Lord will stand.

Why do things always happen for a reason?

My ten-year-old daughter has an iPod.  She got the iPod as a Christmas gift.  It is one of those technological gifts that opens up new opportunities for your children.  With this device, you can Face Time, Snap Chat, listen to music or text with your friends.  We carefully monitor our daughter's use of this instrument.  I am still not too hip about letting my children do what ever they want with technology.  The more my kids use technology, the quicker they are disconnected from our family life.

Today my daughter lost her iPod.  From the sounds of things, you would think that the family dog of 15 years just got ran over by a car.  The world was coming to an end.  How can something so catastrophic like this happen?  After calming her down, we had a good talk about things always happen for a reason.  I explained to my daughter that maybe God saw her becoming disconnected from her family and he wanted her to take a break from the electronics.  Maybe he saw her situation and thought it best to misplace the phone.

We searched every inch of the house and still no phone.  We checked the yard, cars, and fridge and still no phone.  Like I told my daughter tonight, when God thinks that you are ready to have your phone back, he will help find it for you.  Either that or after we take a reasonable break, maybe we can look for a new iPod.