Last week my daughter and I were talking about some difficulties that we were both facing.
As we were talking she looked up at me with her big green eyes that reflected my own and said, “Mom, why does God allow these things to happen?”
That’s when I had one of those moments…..you know….the ones where your heart sinks down to the pit of your stomach and you want to rush to your baby and make all the confusion and pain go away. Yep, one of those. My response to her was, “God allows these things to happen so that we can grow closer to Him and be a witness to Him through our difficulties.” She had a blank look on her face as I kept talking, I could tell that she didn’t quite understand. The truth is sometimes…….neither do I.
It is easy to say one thing and know that in your heart it’s true, but trying to wrap you mind around it is another story. God brings to my mind the verse found in John 16:33,
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
As we all know God does not promise us a life without pain, even though we may feel it’s what’s due to us. That seems to be the problem…. there is a difference of opinion on what we think should be and the reality of what actually is.
When we are searching for truth, we search in God’s word, and no where in His word does it state that our lives will be free from pain. We see many examples of how God’s chosen suffered many hardships for the sake of Christ. From the imprisonment of Paul to the stoning of Stephen, all suffered to further God’s kingdom.
Our human nature sometimes has a difficult time grasping this. As a cancer survivor, it’s difficult for me to grasp as well.
There are days when I feel as if God and I are sitting on a bench in the middle of town and there are gallows standing far off in the distance. All of the town hurries this way and that carrying on about their business not noticing us sitting there. I look up at the Lord and say, “Today God?”, “No, not today.” says God. I stammer out the words…”But God, don’t you see? It’s right over there! Look! I don’t understand God!” God takes my hand, and says “I know child, I am sorry that you have to go through this pain. I want you to trust me. Trust me that I know what’s best. Trust what is written in my word in Hebrews 13:5 b “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” “I know it’s hard for you to understand this, some things are not meant to be understood until the day I come for you. Until then, you must trust and have faith.”
When we get passed the way we think things should be, it’s easier to accept the growth and goodness that comes out of difficulties. It also makes it easier to accept the unknown aspect of why hard times happen.
Through these hard times I pray that I would be an example to my daughter and continually learn to grasp the pearls out of the dirty muck and mire and focus on the Lord’s word in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LordB)’> straight.”
I remind my daughter that God loves us and He will always be there for us no matter what happens, we just have to reach out and grasp His hands.
Today I want to remind you as well, He is there, He is forever faithful. It’s not up to us to understand it all. It’s up to us to go to Him with open arms and trust who He is.
Amidst life’s storms is when the true pearls of life can be found. In 2012, I have been accumulating many pearls from God and linking up with Multitudes on Monday, please take a moment to join us.
484. Visiting with family.
485. Seeing my great niece for the first time.
486. fresh apple cider
487. picking apples
488. The morning sun streaming in through the windows.
489. Fall decorations
490. Date night with my husband.
491. God’s protection over a friend and her family.
492. An ipod from a friend, filled with praise and worship songs.
493. New books that arrived in the mail.
494. The opportunity that God gives me to be a help meet to my husband.
495. Being asked to be a contributor for A Biblical Marriage blog.