“Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do people that we love suffer? Why do mothers, fathers, children get sick and die? Why is there rape, murder, racism, anger and so much hatred everywhere you turn? If there is a God, why does He allow these things to happen?”
So many awful things have happened this year. It seems that we are completely surrounded by sadness and despair. In my own life throughout this year, I’ve experienced tremendous losses, insurmountable stress, tragedy, fear and sadness.
For instance…I share these things with you to demonstrate that we all have situations to overcome or deal with in our lives. I speak from experience, not from a perfect life. Some may say, “Easy for you to say, Susie. You haven’t had bad things happen in your life like I have.” So on that note…
One of my closest friends was diagnosed with colon cancer (and thankfully has recovered 100%).
My grandfather passed away during the initial COVID quarantine.
Working in healthcare during this pandemic was so awful…I recently “retired.” Unless you work in healthcare, you can’t imagine what I’m speaking of.
A dear friend died suddenly from complications of COVID…a coworker. I don’t think I’ll ever get over that.
Several people I know are battling with cancer…young women. A high school classmate died from breast cancer this year.
My sister was in a head-on collision with a truck and suffered a traumatic brain injury, broken foot and neck and hip injury. She is on the long road to recovery.
My dad fell down the basement steps and mangled his elbow, which required extensive surgery. He is also on the long road to recovery.
My girls’ education has been disjointed and disorganized. Lily is having trouble getting everything together to apply to colleges because of all the delays and cancellations of everything. Nathan’s football season in his first year of college football was canceled. Who cares, you may say? Well, he’s there on a football scholarship, so… Schools are doing the best they can, but it’s a lot of stress for these kids and the parents.
This election season has been completely ridiculous. The way people are acting towards one another…there are no words. It grieves my heart.
I could go on and on…I’m sure you have a list as well.
I can easily fall into the trap of asking, “Why?”
I don’t know.
But, this is what I know. God is sovereign and He is good. I don’t always understand His plans and His thoughts, but I know He is good.
I know that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to pay the price for all our sins, all our sickness and diseases.
I know that there are things that happen here on earth that I don’t understand now, but when I see Jesus face to face, it will all make sense.
I know that this world has been corrupted by evil and sometimes we must suffer because of that. But God, our Abba Father, has given us a Hope, a Rescuer, a Defender in Jesus.
I understand that the trials, sickness, and heartache of this earth are just for a little while. This is a temporary situation.
I know that my God is full of grace to help me through whatever I face in life. He walks with me through every situation I find myself in. He is close to me when my heart is broken, when I am depressed and when I am afraid. I trust Him with my whole heart.
I know that he sees each tear I cry when I am sad, lonely, overwhelmed or worried.
I know that He makes everything beautiful in His time.
I know that He uses every situation for good in some way, even when I can’t understand and or see it.
I know that God loves my family and my friends more perfectly than I ever can and I place them in His hands. His will be done in their lives.
I won’t pretend to have all the answers, but I can point you to the One who does. God’s Word comforts me and encourages me. I pray for His grace each day to help me face whatever comes. The Bible says His mercies are new every morning and His faithfulness is great.
He is who I turn to. He is who I cling to. He is all I know.