“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)
God is good. (Psalm 34:8)
God is love. (John 4:8)
His ways are higher than ours than our ways would be to a mosquito. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
He is invisibly at work in all things – even the ones that leave our heads spinning and our hearts breaking. (Romans 8:28)
These are the truths I come back to when I find myself in a place where things just don’t make sense. Recently, a little boy in a town not far from where we live suffered a senseless, totally random accident. He was killed when a volleyball-sized rock somehow crashed through the windshield of his family’s car. Last year, a family that used to attend our church lost all five of their girls in a house fire. In 2005, a young pastor was electrocuted in the church baptismal after stepping in with a microphone to perform a baptism.
When I hear these things that make my heart hurt, I honestly wonder “Why, God?”