When there is a major problem, an illness, storm related damage, or some other, and a person comes through it well, we have heard them say, “the Lord was really with me.” For believers that is a fairly common expression. We’ve probably used it ourselves a time or two, but it makes me think. What do we say if the situation turns out badly? The Lord wasn’t paying attention? He was busy with other things? He left me alone? I don’t think we would put it in those terms, but I suspect the thought would cross our minds. The Lord really cares about everything that touches us. He loves us more than we can possible understand, and He is with us in good times and in bad. Vaclav Havel was a Czech writer, philosopher, dissident, and first president of the Czech Republic after the fall of communism. He spent time in prison on four occasions because of his writings and opposition to the regime. He made the statement that “Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.” Jesus Christ has made sense of our life. He is the center of our hope whether things turn out as we hoped, or if they don’t. We do not understand all that happens. We are simply called to trust Him in all circumstances, and give thanks even through tears.