I think I speak for everyone when I say how frustrating and discouraging it is to hear the words, “I’m sorry, but that is your only option.” We have all likely been there in some capacity or another. We have spent hours on the phone or internet trying to resolve a situation with a favorable outcome, and only end up with “this is your only option.” We receive a medical diagnosis with little hope for recovery, and the doctor’s words “your only option is…” sting us with the brevity and fragility of life. We strive to be good stewards of our resources, but a poor economy, lack of work, and pressing bills present us with bankruptcy as “your only option.” Whatever the situation may be, “your only option” are never welcoming words. So what do we do when “your only option” is, quite literally, our only option?
Really, “your only option” isn’t a bad thing…when it drives us to God. When life’s circumstances take us to the place where God is our only option, this is, indeed, the best place to be. In his book When God Becomes Real, author Brian Johnson says, “Consider it a gift when God becomes your only option.”
When years of bad choices and worldly passions have us enslaved to sin, and God finally becomes our only option…all sin and shame are put to death and we finally discover the only One who gives us true life in Christ Jesus.
When we have saturated and exhausted ourselves with all kinds of self-help books and methods to fix our lives to no avail, and God finally becomes our only option…we learn that self can’t help and finally discover the only One who can restore us and make all things new.
When our days are consumed with more brokenness and tears than we can count, and God finally becomes our only option…all human efforts to medicate our wounds cease and we finally discover the only One who keeps count of our sorrows and binds up our wounds.
When years of bitterness and unforgiveness have robbed us of joy and peace, and God finally becomes our only option…we recognize the gift of Christ’s forgiveness for us and finally discover the only One who gives us joy and peace in forgiving others.
Life is hard. We live in a broken world. Suffering is real and often close to us as an unwelcome intruder. The question is: Will we embrace the sufferings of life as the intruder that it is, or will we invite God into our pain and suffering to be our only option? When life’s circumstances present us with “your only option is…,” will we employ all our own human efforts to find a solution, or will we let this drive us to God?
Whatever challenges or trials or sufferings we encounter in life, let them lead us to God as our only option. This is the best place to be!
In God’s divine love,