I recently read the blog of a woman named Sumi who has lost her three-year-old daughter due to an accident. I couldn't stop the tears as I shared her pain, and questioned "why?" as I looked at the photos of this beautiful child. Why someone so young? Seems I ask that question a lot.
Most of us ask "why?" when something horrible happens to us or someone we love. Unfortunately, the answer to that question is illusive at best. Much of the time there's just no satisfactory answer to "why?" Wise people often will say "why not?" I'm not quite that wise.
As I read this mother's blog, I was struck by her and her husband's faith. I'm taking the liberty of quoting her, because I'm pretty sure she'd want God to get the glory as much as possible. She said:
"God is God and he is sovereign. We still believe that somehow he allowed something in His wisdom that he could have prevented in his power and I don’t think I could have changed that."
I've thought about that comment a lot, and it brings me hope in times of confusion and pain. It would be so nice to avoid suffering in this life, but it just isn't gonna happen. When I think I can't go on, when I'm tired of battling one problem after another, when the sadness over the loss of loved ones overwhelms me, this helps me make sense of it all.
It helps to be reminded that God is in control, and that He is ALWAYS working things out for my good. What happens might not always be good - but God is. He never changes. And He loves us.
Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God ... "
In His love,