Why? Such a tiny word that either gives purpose or causes trouble depending on how and when it is being asked. The grieving parent, sibling, relative, or friend over a tragic loss of another, or traumatic event asks with anguish… why? The worker laid off or let go…why? The person who thought the relationship was secure, but now the person leaves… why? Violence and tragedy, corruption and deception, repeated patterns of evil, deep poverty, the list goes on and on… why? why? why? It is easy to fall down the rabbit hole of that why. Usually that why shrinks my vision, and suffocates my heart. It is a natural reaction to look at a situation and feel deeply, but for me it is never helpful to stay with the why.
I have never once been comforted with that small weighty why. The only answer for this why is looking to the Who. Who goes before me? Who holds the world in His hands? Who can comfort me and others in all this? Who can bring beauty from such ashes? Who has the victory? Who has suffered all these things and joins us in our suffering? Who promises to wipe away every tear and comfort every heartache? Who is working all things out for His glory and our good? That builds a ladder out of my rabbit hole, and brings me into spacious places. Even when there is no good answer to my whys that I can see from my limited view, there is still a very good Who, Who promises never to leave me or forsake me. My looking to the Who…leads me to Jesus who is more that able to handle all my whys. In time, as I slowly hand over all the whys, He trades me my whys for His comfort, and His peace that passes all understanding. On this side of heaven I may not get answers to many of my whys, but I am always promised God’s presence and His goodness in the fullness of time.
* I am joining Five Minute Fridays in a 31 day Writing Challenge. Each day I will be writing on a different word prompt for at least 5 minutes for the month of October.
**Check out 2018’s 31 Day Writing Challenge https://inkblotlife.com/category/write-31-days-2018/