Friday, February 27, 2009

Stand

I have a question for you. What do you do when life doesn't make sense? When a loved one is tragically killed in a car accident? When your doctor says, "It's cancer". When you are suddenly laid off from work? When your dream dies? When you are left with a million questions and not one single answer? What do you do?

You stand. That's what you do. It's as simple and as critical as that.

For some reason, when we find our self experiencing a trial or hardship, our humanness demands to know why. At first, our questions are almost always me-centered. Why me? Why did this have to happen to me? What did I do to deserve this? Then, God gets thrown in to the questioning. Why would God allow this to happen? Why would a God of love let me suffer like this? Why didn't God step in and do something to stop this?

More times than not, our questioning only leads us to feelings of confusion, anger, or despondency, not the answer we are so desperately seeking. In our need to find answers, we often find our self overlooking or forgetting what we DO know, in search of that which we may never know, at least not on this side of Heaven. In times like these, we need to stop trying to understand, and to simply stand.

At a very low point in my life, I found myself playing the "why" game with God. Day in and day out I kept pleading with him for an answer. I believed if I could just understand the "why" behind what was happening, I would be able to deal with it, accept it and move on. God remained silent. For months, I wrestled with my emotions and my God.

Finally, one day God did speak. "Stacy, if you keep trying to under-stand why, you are going to go under! Simply stand on what you DO know. You know I am all love, all the time and you can trust me with your life. You know I want only the best for you and I am always working everything out for your good and my glory. Quit trying to understand this. Instead, stand on who I am and the promises I have made to you." While this word from God wasn't the answer to my question, it most certainly was the answer to my peace.

Today, if you find yourself drowning in a sea of questions, fighting to keep your faith above the water and your eyes on God, only to get pulled under by the current of confusion, doubt and anger time and time again, why not stop struggling and simply stand on the foundation of God's unfailing love for you? You may have to surrender your need to know why, but the peace you will discover in it's place will be more than worth it. More importantly, your continued trust and faith in God depends on it.

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