Life brings with it all kinds of experiences. Sometimes we walk through times of extreme joy and peace that we can't even explain. Other times we experience times of deep sorrow, sadness, pain and confusion that leaves us wondering "why". Surrounded by questions like: what if I would have. . . or what if I would not have. . . or where did this slip in. . . how did this happen. . . what could I have done to change the end result of this situation. . . and the big question we have all asked at some time - "WHY"? Why this or that - why cancer, why death, why depression, why financial struggles, why prodigal children, why the fear, why divorce, why teen pregancy, why abuse, why anger, why car accidents, why job loss, why, why, why? What are you experiencing in your life right this moment? Are you questioning some of the "whys" in your life? Are doubts creeping in trying to confuse you?
I recently heard this quote in a sermon and it has been in my thoughts all week long. Isn't it great how God can use sermons preached on Sunday throughout the whole week!!
"When we don't know the WHY - look for the WHO."
I couldn't help but think just how many times I have tried to know the "why" and sometimes have forgotten to look for the "who"!
Our first tendency is to ask "why", sometimes knowing we will never know the reason for each experience in our lives. But we still tend to struggle with that one little question. With that one little question it is easy to face thoughts of doubt. Doubt in ourselves, doubt in others and more importantly - doubt in God! I've seen those that have turned their back on God when going through these "WHY-TIMES". And then there are those that have just grown deeper with God during these same "WHY-TIMES". They have come to know them as their "WHO-TIMES"!!!
It is in these difficult times that we are looking for something to hang on to, something that is steady, a firm foundation, a solid rock. Something that is stronger than we are! Something that does not change with the force of the wind or circumstance. Something or should I say "someONE" that is constant and true! That is the "WHO"! God is the "who" we need to look to instead of the "why". He is faithful and He never changes. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!" (Hebrews 13:8) His grace is presently available to all who put their trust in Him. His love is not affected by our present circumstances. He is changeless in a changing world of attitudes, life styles, habits, and experiences. "Changeless" - He is the same and loves us (not our sinful ways) but US no matter where we are. And He is ready to forgive and forget. He is faithful and forgiving! (Am I as forgiving of others as He is of me? Or do I "remember" and "judge" and "criticize" others? Am I willing to forgive and forget and reach out a helping-hand to help and encourage others as Christ has done for me???) Just a thought!
To Christ darkness is light. Our confusion becomes clear through Him. Our doubts disappear when we run to the "WHO" and put our trust and faith in His never changing, loving and forgiving hand! We can then leave the "WHY" with the one that created darkness and light! The one that knows the way through our wilderness. Our anchor on the storm-tossed sea of life! Just reach up and take the Hand of the "WHO" and let Him guide you through whatever "unknown" territory you (and I) may be going through. Just hold on! Things are always changing in this life but He never changes, He is forever. Take His hand today!
But I'll take the hand of those who don't know the way,
who can't see where they're going.
I'll be a personal guide to them,
directing them through unknown country.