March 26, 2015
Perhaps one of the hardest topics to understand, and to have conversation about, is suffering. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do some people seem to suffer so much, while others seem to just skate through life? Why?! It’s a question without an acceptable answer, and yet one that seems hardest to avoid asking.
In a Bible Study used this week, the statement was written something like: we wonder why there is suffering, but if suffering is inevitable, we would certainly like to know there is some meaning found in it. In other words, we want there to be something good that comes from the suffering. Often there can be. We have heard stories of those who have suffered becoming champions for turning other people’s lives around by creating something positive out of it. An example is Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Yet, often there seems to be no meaning to the suffering. Then, for me, perhaps the positive that has come is in what I have learned.
Basically, I have come to realize that asking why IS impossible to have answered. But learning to trust God in the midst of whatever it is, and that God is in the midst of it, and that God will help me through the midst of it, is the bottom line. It is not saying that it is easy to trust, or that trusting makes the suffering understandable, but that is what has been helpful for me. Along with being able to look back and see that nothing ever stays the same, even though it seems at the time like things will never change. And that often something amazing is just around the corner that will help ease the suffering. That is what gives me hope for tomorrow. And hope does not disappoint!