Saturday, November 12, 2011

Storms of life

Do you ever find yourself asking God "Why, Lord Why?" I know I have done my share of questioning in my lifetime.  Recently, I learned that a friend from high school delivered a sweet baby boy.  Perfect in every way.  Three days later on her Facebook status she asked for prayer because her baby wasn't feeling well.  The next morning I found out her 4 day old baby boy had died.  My heart just broke when I saw this news.  I was literally sick to my stomach thinking what this sweet family must be going through...I mean...can you imagine losing your baby just days after his arrival...or losing a child at any moment for that matter.  I can't wrap my head around it.  Why would the Lord allow that kind of tragedy to happen?  Why didn't He prevent it from occurring?  Why didn't He just not give them a baby to begin with...why take it away after such a short time together?  The questions just poured out as I began to search for some sort of an answer to something so unthinkable.

Also...I've got numerous close friends who are struggling with infertility.  I don't understand it. heart is heavy with hurt for those couples...I want more than anything for them to experience the joys of parenthood.  Why does the Lord withhold something from some and not others.  Why are these amazing couples unable to have the one thing they want more than anything.  Why Lord?  I cry out to Him and long to understand His plans.

It's in that small voice that He answers and tries to calm my heavy heart.  I am reminded of one thing over and over again...My God is a God of love.  His love for us is more abundant and pure than we could ever imagine.  I am reminded that He isn't out to get us or punish us...that is not His intentions.

No...He clearly states, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:11-13)."

I'm learning that just because we serve a loving God doesn't mean we won't face difficult circumstances or unfair situations.  Loving and knowing God doesn't make us exempt from pain and suffering.  God's plans are perfect and even when we don't understand...we can cling to Him...knowing He does everything out of love for us. 

I read this quote recently that really spoke to me..."With our full faith in God’s goodness and in Christ’s redemption, we can recognize that our present sufferings can be turned to His glory and our good."

Ultimately each circumstance we go through is meant for us to bring glory to God and in return we are strengthened and made stronger.  We are made stronger individually but also we can use our response to difficult situations to be an example to others...a light in a dark world. Nothing can impact others more than seeing someone "walk the walk" in difficult times.  God doesn't speak through those He can't trust or rely on...He is made known through those who are faithful. 

I know it is much easier said than done and in the middle of a tragedy or a difficult time in life...nothing makes sense.  Even for those looking on from the outside...things are confusing and frustrating.  But we serve a GOOD God...a God of love.  Let us never forget that His love is perfect and all knowing.  Rest in the assurance of His faithfulness and goodness. 

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