I have a list of “whys.” My first “why” and my final “why” is simple, “Why, God?”
Some try to give an answer to appease me; however, that tends to annoy me. So. Don’t.
Some tell me it’s wrong to ask God “why” questions. To which, I ask, “Why? Seriously. Why? God is God. And. God manages my “whys” better than anyone else.”
Some think my “whys” create doubt. But. I’ve found my “whys” lead to trust, especially when there does not seem to be a viable answer.
The Old Testament tells the story of a judge, Gideon, who asked, “Why?”
“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? . . . ” (Judges 6:13a, NLT).
I relate to Gideon. I echo his “why” and the question, “Where are all the miracles?” Until. I seek God and see the true miracle– the presence of God. And.
When I really think about it, when I let the truth of God’s presence settle into me, when I focus on God’s promise to never leave or fail you and I, peace breaks through all of my “whys” and I am able to say, “It is well.”
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)