They began from the moment that we find the words to say them.
About why the sky is blue, how you can grow tall, and what makes the world go round.
Questions about the world we see with our eyes, the people around us, and the life that we live.
And for the most part we get the answers to our “why’s”.
Sometimes from parents, sometimes from teachers, sometimes from books, sometimes from google, and sometimes from friends.
But the older we get the more we understand that there are some questions in life you will never get an answer to.
Your parents and teachers won’t help you figure it out, google won’t find it for you, and God will remain silent.
Questions about why prayers don’t get answered.
Why bad things happen.
Why plans fall apart.
Questions about finding justice in a cruel world.
Questions about the reason behind a loss or a tragedy.
Questions about how to heal a devastated life or a broken heart.
Questions about why sometimes life simply makes no logical sense.
And over the years I have come to the realization that sometimes we will not get the answer to our “why’s”.
We will not get closure from an abrupt ending to a relationship, to a job, to an opportunity, or to a dream.
We will not see the missing piece of the puzzle and how things fit.
We will never see the big picture of our life and the world around us and why things are the way they are.
But in the midst of uncertainty, of no answers, of brokenness we can rest in peace knowing that we are walking with the One who has it all figured out.
We can trust that the One who put the moon and starts into orbit and counts the very number of hairs on our head and drops of tears that we cry will not allow us to go through a single thing without a good reason.
That for whatever reason He sees it fit for us to be right where we’re at.
Even if that place is facing a tragedy, walking through a trial, or dealing with a broken heart.
We can know that nothing we go through in this life is in vain.
God took Moses into a desert, Joseph into a dungeon, Daniel into a lion’s den, Paul into a prison cell, Job through terrible loss and tragedy, and the disciples right into the middle of a storm.
And I’m sure each one of them had many unanswered questions in each one of these places.
I’m sure each one of them had doubts about why they were going through trials.
When we read the Bible we see the big picture and we know that their stories has a good ending and that there was a reason behind everything that happened the way that it did but when we’re in the middle of our own story and the puzzle pieces don’t seem to fit it becomes hard to remain positive and hopeful.
When we are like Job and we lose people we love or our possessions it’s hard to see how anything good can come out of it.
But it’s what God used to prove His faithfulness to Him.
When we are like Joseph stuck in a dungeon cell, betrayed by people we trusted, and our dreams are on hold it’s hard to see how life could possibly ever be normal again.
But it’s what God used to build his character and prepare him for his destiny.
When we are like the disciples trying to stay alive in the middle of a raging storm it’s hard to see if we will have what it takes to overcome and survive.
But it’s what God used to grow their faith in Him.
Often times when God wants you to grow He will allow you to go through trials, through hardships, through storms that will make you trust in Him alone.
The sufferings and trials are not meant to break you but to strengthen you and build you up for His purposes for you.
It is during these times when the world around you is darkest, when you are hurting the deepest, and when life keeps bringing you to your knees and you just don’t understand why that you will grow in Christ the most.
It takes walking through fire to come out purified and clean.
It takes struggling through a storm to come out steady and unshakable for the days to come.
It takes facing your fears, your insecurities, and your Goliath’s to come out fearless with God and stronger than before.
When life doesn’t make sense and you are tempted to give up and call it quits remember that you don’t need to know the answers to your “why”, you don’t need closure or understanding, you don’t need to know everything.
You just need to trust the One that does.
Never forget that His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8) and that means that not everything will be clear to us in this world.
We won’t ever see the missing pieces of our puzzle.
We might never get all of our questions answered on this side of the world.
But we can wake up every day with hope and walk every moment in faith knowing that we are in the hands of the One who will always take care of us.
And when we hold on to His truth and His love for us then His purposes and plans will never pass us by.
Be blessed and remain faithful to Christ no matter what you are going through today! Anna… ♥
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” – Proverbs 3:5-6