I know I write a lot of posts about God’s protection throughout my life, and the comfort I have just from knowing He has been with me for EVERY moment of my life, that not one of those terrible or good moments went by without Him sitting right next to me through it all, and keeping the pain from going beyond what He deems I would be able to handle.
But you, O Lord, are a shield about me (a shield surrounding me on every side); my glory and the lifter of my head.
You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
These words bring me so much comfort and peace, knowing I rest in His hands, His protective and ever-capable hands.
But I recently received a message from someone who does not have that same relationship with Jesus. And she was NOT satisfied with my viewpoint. I’ll sum up what she commented:
“How is that enough for you? Who cares if He’s there, if He is still allowing all of these things to happen. That brings me no comfort at all! So He’s there! So what! Is that all He can do? Isn’t your God powerful at all??”
Well, I’ve gotta say. This floored me! For one, it somehow IS enough that He is there, never leaving me or forsaking me. And for another, I had NO idea how to give an answer that would comfort her or provide her with an understanding of who God is and how much He loves her. Quite frankly, I never thought of this question before. But I figure if she’s asking, maybe there are others with that same concern. So, I’m going to try to address it the best I know how, okay? Okay.
Imagine a mother, holding her little son who is dying of cancer. She cannot stop it. For it, along with every other horrible thing on earth, is a result of sin, a choice made by man. She fights with doctors, and researches other types of recovery methods, but when it comes down to it, all she is able to do is hold her little boy, and do her best to make his days as full of joy as possible, just by being there. God, in giving us free will, has allowed the sin we CHOSE, to basically “run its course”. Yes, it stinks. To undo sin, to reverse the effects that it has ( and believe me, sin effects EVERYTHING!), would be to take our choices away from us. And that is the one thing He can’t and won’t do. Because He wants our love to be genuine, not a robotic response.
Also, in the book of Job, God addresses Job in the midst of his pain, reminding Him that HE is God, and all of the works He has done are too vast, and too mysterious, and too glorious to be understood. And I take that to mean, we need to trust God even in the darkest of days, that it will bring forth some kind of good. I can honestly say that not one bad thing has ever happened to me that has not produced something good!
I wish I could comfort everyone with just the sheer fact that He never misses ANYTHING that happens, and that He catches each tear that falls from our eyes. Would we blame our mother for not taking our sickness away? Would we hold her responsible for all the pain that came from something that she clearly didn’t cause? Or would it be enough just to have her hold us when the pain was excruciating? Would it be enough to hear the songs of comfort she sings over us when we are hurting so badly?
It truly and honestly is for me.