Anyone who has watched the TV series “Friends” would remember when Ross asked the question above. His reason for asking that question was because liquid soap and lotion had poured in his travelling bag and soiled all his clothes. Laugh Out Loud!
It was a serious problem for him but that is just a TV show, in reality I believe we ask the same question for reasons that are completely different from Ross’. All around us we keep hearing bad news and some of us wonder why bad things happen to good people.
A few months ago, someone asked me this same question and I am sure that she was not satisfied with the answer I gave her; in fact I don’t think anyone would have been satisfied with my answer. The truth is that I doubt there is any answer that is good enough for now.
This question has made people question the existence and sovereignty of God. However, in the midst of all the bad, there is good and miracles are still happening. Case in point!
Inspite of everything I have been through, I recently heard a story that inspired me and made me more grounded in my belief that God is alive, sovereign and always takes care of His own.
While being excited about this, my excitement was short-lived by a very sad story I heard. I started to talk to God about these two scenarios because I was confused as to how to feel; my heart was so heavy I didn’t even know when I started to pray and cry to God. Eventually, I took solace in the fact that God’s ways and thoughts are different from ours, so even though I don’t understand why things happen the way they do, I am confident that my Heavenly Father is in control of the universe.
The sun is up there but no one has really seen it directly. Think about it, if you looked at the sun directly you would definitely get blind and most likely also get burnt. Inspite of this fact, we still believe that the sun is there because we see and feel the effect of its rays. This same principle applies to God; even though we can’t see Him, we can see and feel the effects of His existence and mercy.
To those of us who have had one tragedy or the other happen to us, let us not give up hope because if we look hard enough, we would see that there is a little ray of light at the end of the tunnel. Just take it one step at a time, walk towards that ray of hope, and you will eventually get your breakthrough.
And to those of us who have lost loved ones, my heart goes out to you; I pray that God Himself will show up for you and comfort you.
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5)
Stay hopeful….Find your purpose!
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