In 2011, the REELZ channel received four Emmy Awards for the mini-series, “The Kennedys.” They are now following up with a two part showing of “The Kennedys After Camelot.” I was a young woman at the time of the Kennedy presidency and just starting a new life as a married woman. The story of this family and their courage in extreme difficulties and tragedy was a compelling draw for the entire nation. It continues today.
I vividly remember the events – the assassination of JFK,; the bloodied pink suit that Mrs. Kennedy wore; the parade with all its formality; the saluting little soldier, John, Jr. We watched as his assassin was also shot. We wondered if there was a connection to organized crime?
We watched again as Bobbie Kennedy rallied to become his brother’s successor and his life was also cut short. We cried with the family as yet another son was lost. We witnessed what followed after those Camelot years as tragedy after tragedy haunted them.
Why are we so drawn to things like this? It might be because these people are in the spotlight. They’re successful. They seem to have it all – money, fame, everything they could want. Are we so callous that we relish in someone else’s pain? Do we think they deserve it? Maybe it’s because we all experience trouble in life and misery loves company.
There was another family that had it all. The patriarch of the family had accumulated great wealth. He was respected by his neighbors. He was an honorable man of God. Yet within a week, he lost everything – his property, his riches, his belongings, his children, the disdain of his wife and the eventual deterioration of his body. Through it all, he was surrounded by a few friends who thought they had the answers to his plight, but they just didn’t get it.
They wondered what the man had done to deserve such pain and loss. What kind of sins had he committed to so deeply anger his God? Isn’t that true of us? We tend to think when someone is plagued with trouble, he must’ve done something to deserve it. The man remained faithful to God, never doubting that He was still in control of his diminishing life.
God doesn’t work like those friends believed. He doesn’t judge us on our merit or our good deeds. When he sees us, He no longer sees the stain of sin, because Jesus has paid the ransom and we’ve been redeemed. He allows trials so that we grow in our dependence on Him, but He will never give us more than we can handle.
Job was again blessed with renewed prosperity. He had more children and became even wealthier than before, not because of what he did, but because of God’s love for him. He will renew us, just as he did Job. He’s already prepared a place for us in heaven.