I speak at 40 or so Christian women’s events a year so I know what keeps women up at night. One of the biggies is WHY? Why God? Why did this thing happen?
When the world spins out of control or someone hurts me or I lose a precious possession or person, I cry out to God.
But I don’t ask why anymore. I’ve come to realize that I don’t really want to know WHY. I truly only want the lost to be found, the broken to be fixed or the stolen to be returned.
I don’t really care why, I just want my life back!
While God is certainly big enough to handle my anger, frustration and questions, I recognize that God wants to offer more than peace to me. He wants me to enter His Presence. To be able to trust Him even when … even when the worst happens.
Even when …
- the dream dies
- the marriage is over
- the job ends
- the car’s wrecked
- the money’s gone
- the diagnoses is pronounced
- the heart beat stops.
It’s been at times of deepest pain that God has been the most present. When there is no where else to turn for comfort or answers, God enters my pain with the peace that surpasses understanding, gently leading me into the next season of life – trusting him.
His Presence is tangible. Other times, He sends friends into my life to offer comfort and compassion. A phone call of encouragement. A card in the mailbox. A timely visit. A shoulder to cry on. A dish of ice cream to share.
God did not intend for us to go through hard seasons on our own.
He will be with you, His Spirit with blanket you with peace. And he will send people to walk through it with you so you are not alone.
If you are going through a season of awfulness and are asking why, let me assure you that God hears your heart cry and is standing at the ready to be with you as you go through it. Invite His Presence. Include His people.
Prayer: Father God, I hate these seasons of pain and suffering and hardships, but I know that you are with me. Surround me and keep me company. Show me that I can trust you without asking why. In Jesus Name Amen.