All kinds of things happen to us. Birth happens. Puberty happens - nobody volunteers for that. Heartache happens. Suffering happens. Growth happens. Death happens.
In other words, life happens.
Yet God is involved in it all. If we can learn to live in that truth, if we can learn to see God's undeniable presence in the stuff happening in my life,
then we can live with hope, confidence, and peace.
We don't have to live under the thread of the "stuff" in life because
we hold tightly to a God who is above our "stuff".