Choosing to See God

7.25.2012

So, unless you've cut television, the internet and all modes of social media out of your life, chances are you are aware of the horrific, ongoing "scandal" at Penn State and the senseless, disturbing shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

And unless you truly did remove the aforementioned aspects out of your daily life, both of these things have no doubt left you feeling angry, helpless and heartbroken.

This world, simply, is messed up beyond reason.  Every day, we're inundated with stories and subject matter that weighs heavy on our heart.  We wonder why they happen and we long for answers.

And sometimes, we ask the unanswerable question of "why did God let this happen?"

As a believer, I hate this question because as I said, it's unanswerable.  My friend, Megan, talked about this a couple of weeks ago and I loved what she had to say.  When things happen that we don't understand, it's easy to wonder why an all-powerful, loving God would let awful things happen to innocent people.  On one level, I will never have anything resembling an answer.  But on another level, I choose to believe and trust that fire burns brighter in the dark; no matter how dark it may get, God's light cannot be overtaken.

This world is imperfect and pain is inevitable.  God did not promise a life without pain, but He did promise a life of hope if we choose to follow after Him.

In the moments we wonder where God is and if He's seeing the pain and hurt we're going through, I believe we have to choose to see Him.  Imperfections are easy to see in horrific and senseless acts; God's grace and mercy is there when we look past what's right in front of us.

In 1 Peter, we're reminded "the enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."  Reading about the things that are happening in our country and world, will inevitably weigh us down if we let it and that is the devil's goal.  He wants to keep the pain front and center.  He strives to keep people from hearing about the grace and love God still pours out.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed...So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 
- 2 Corinthians 4:8-10, 16-18

I'm not sure if I had a true "point" to this post, but I felt compelled to share these words and hope it reaches someone.  And if you haven't read Petra Anderson's story, I implore you to do so.


When the earth shakes, I wanna be found in You 
When the lights fade, I wanna be found in You
All I know is I'm not home yet 
This is not where I belong 
Take this world and give me Jesus 
This is not where I belong
- Building 429


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8 i love your comments!:

tiff@thecoffeehouse said...

Amen friend!! LOVE this. And honestly, some of the best posts are posts that you may start to write without a true "point". (at least in my opinion). :)

KristaM said...

So true! In tough situations I always remind myself that God never promises that life will be easy and a piece of cake. Or that bad things won't happen to you if you follow him. But he will be what you need when bad things happen and will give you what you need to get through them all. So good or bad, God is always there and will always provide you with what you need to get through it.

Nicole said...

I saw your comment on Megan's post today and had to come read what you wrote. Very nicely put.

Happiness Is... said...

Found you through Megan ... have you read When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Rabbi Kushner?

Kate said...

wonderful post... and I can totally identify with this! Even if we ourselves can accept that God allows these things to happen because we live in a sin filled world, how on earth do you explain it to someone who is suffering and doubting? very hard stuff indeed :-/

Ashley said...

this is so well written lady! i've been getting this question a lot lately in my Bible study group and it's a hard one right? You want to defend God's love but at the same time explain his just side.....this puts it so well.

Daisy said...

So glad you wrote this. Sometimes It's hard to cope with this kind of news, but it also makes me look forward to heaven.

Megan said...

Love your post on this. You are so right, we will never have an answer until we get to heaven, but we have faith!!

 
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