“Why are you letting these bad things happen to such good people?”
“Where are you in this pain, God? I can’t feel you.”
“Why can’t you just have us all get along? I am tired of all this fighting”
These are questions I feel that unfortunately, most of you reading this can relate to. Bad things happen to good people.
2017 was a very difficult year, which during the last month almost became unbearable. I never lost my faith in God, but I questioned His plan.
It might be something as serious as losing a friend to cancer, an acquaintance taking his life, a divorce in the family, losing a job, death in the family, or a tragic natural disaster.
It might be something simpler, like getting a bad grade on a test, not performing as well as you could in sports, a break up, an illness, or having plans cancelled on you time and time again.
It might be none of those, or all of those. It might be that you see these things happening to your friends and you can’t help but feel useless, frustrated, or/and angry because nothing you do can fix anything.
But that’s the thing: That was never your job anyways.
Amid all this chaos and suffering, one thing becomes abundantly clear: You were never meant to live this life alone. It’s impossible. When you try to go it by yourself, absolutely NOTHING makes sense.
The only thing that makes sense in this whirling mess of this world is the stillness and strength of the Cross.
God never planned for us to live this way, with so much pain. He desires for us to be in full communion with Him. In full joy with Him. However, you know the tale:
Good ole Adam and Eve decided to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the rest is history. Sin, suffering, and death entered the world. That vision of God’s perfect Will was broken. However, the story doesn’t end there.
God humbled Himself so much to become the most vulnerable among us: a child. I think that in this day and age, where the child in womb is so threatened, this holds an even greater meaning.
Fast forward multiple years, thirty-three in fact, to the final hours of Jesus’ life.
Jesus was betrayed by one of His closest friends, arrested, abandoned by his followers, beaten until the flesh was hanging off His body, mocked, spat upon, whipped with reeds, crowned with thorns, which were then jammed into His head.
He then was forced to carry a 300+ pound cross for 3 miles, up a hill. When he got to the top, He had giant nails slammed into His wrists and feet. He hung, naked, for multiple hours. It is most likely that His arms became dislocated at the shoulder, and every breath He took caused Him sheer agony. Every time He would have tried to take a breath He would have had to have put weight on his feet… the very ones that had just been nailed together.
But the humiliation wasn’t over yet. He was mocked by the chief priests and the people. He was even persecuted by a thief that hung on a cross right next to Him.
“He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Messiah of God”
“Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us”
The thing is, my readers, Jesus didn’t have to do any of that. If He was just a man, it makes no sense for Him to take it that far. There was no point to it all if He was just a normal person..
But Jesus wasn’t just fully man. He was and is fully God.
If we look at it in that light, it makes so much more sense.
You see, like I said earlier, God didn’t want any of this to happen to us. But He loves us so much that He was so tired of our struggles and, He told us: I cannot let my people suffer anymore. I will rescue them from the pit of hell. I will set them free. I will not leave them orphaned.
So, He came down, and died freely, so that we might have life in Him. He did this out of love. He could have easily let us suffer alone, but God is good, and He cannot contradict Himself.
God never promised that this life would be easy. In fact, He guaranteed that it would hard when He said, “In this world you will have tribulation, but take courage: I have overcome the world.”
Rest your burdens upon the Lord. Entrust to Him your fears, worries, despairs, pains, and wounds. Give Him those struggles in order that He might edify them.
Let Him fill you with His love, trust, grace, hope, joy, charity, and peace. Let Him bring you freedom.
Let Him love you. Let Him guide your path.
Give God a chance. He might just surprise you.
Have a blessed 2018 everyone.