You ever wonder why bad things happen to good people?
Sometimes the bad things are life-altering and sometimes they aren’t the end of the world but seem unfair nonetheless. Sometimes these good people are our best friends or our family and sometimes you might even feel like you are one of those good people who keep getting bad things thrown your way.
The past few weeks my heart has been burdened by the hurt a few extra-special people in my life are experiencing. Some of this hurt is the result of sickness or heartbreak and some just crummy life circumstances, but either way, these are incredible people feeling incredible pain.
I find my prayer request list growing longer and longer and sometimes I feel like God doesn’t hear any of my pleas. The requests so often seem to outweigh the praises.
Last night I was talking with God about all of this terrible stuff, I prayed for the hearts of these friends and that they would feel His closeness. And then I prayed, “God let them see your goodness in all of this chaos.”
Those words came out of my mouth and my perspective shifted in a flash.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3
This hurt stinks and we want nothing more than to make it go away. But, there’s something greater to see in these circumstances.
These “bad” things and the chaos that is surrounding your life is God’s way of calling you to see His goodness.
If we allow Him, He will use us in ways we can’t imagine in the midst of this chaos and pain.
Remember the story from the Bible about the man who was born blind? The disciples asked Jesus who sinned, this man or his parents? Jesus replied, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:1-41)
This guy was a good guy, but something bad happened to him. Jesus tells us that it was for His purpose. I think our lives are just the same.
It HURTS…I know! But pause and seek His goodness in the midst of the chaos, I promise it’s there. And it might result in a bigger blessing.