"I imagine it's hard to know what to do with these emotions you feel. I mean, I'm sure you don't want to be mad at God, right?"
"Oh, I have no problem at all being angry with God."
"Really? But what does that teach your children? They are just growing the seeds of their faith, and aren't you afraid that you're teaching them the wrong things?"
I paused, thinking of the magnitude of the answer, the magnitude of the calling.
"You know, I think that's exactly what I want my children to learn from this: that God can handle anything they feel.
If God is,
and if he is the Creator and Sustainer of life,
then he is bigger than life,
and he can handle our response
to anything life hands us.
God can handle our anger, but life cannot. If I get angry and hurt a friend, I may not get to keep that friend. If I break something, I no longer get to have it. If I do something to hurt myself or others, there are consequences. Real, tangible, painful consequences.
I am trying to teach them that we get to keep God, no matter how angry we are at him.
We were dealt a bad hand, kiddos.
But there will still be breakfast on the table tomorrow.
And I will still get you to school on time.
I will make sure you have clean clothes to wear.
And I will kiss you good night at the end of every single day.
I'm not angry with you. I'm angry with God. He can handle it. He's really the only one who can handle an anger that runs this deep."