Living through the seasons of grief.
WHY DO THESE THINGS HAPPEN: death, murder, accidents terminal illness, violence, crime & suffering? I asked this question when our son relapsed with his leukemia and died a month and a half later. Brilliant theologians have explored and wrestled with the “WHY?” questions that pour out of our broken hearted souls. I am no theologian, but I can say I have been in the process of personally knowing God for nearly 45 years. Knowing Him hasn’t answered all my questions yet. However, today the answer that best applies to our grieving, screaming cries of “WHY?” is found in a brief insight Jesus gave the night of His arrest. He said,
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world.” *
Last I checked, we each have an address that is associated with Planet Earth. “This world” as Jesus said, is full of TROUBLE. So a basic answer to our “Why?” question is that we live on a messed up planet. Jesus personally knew misunderstanding, bullying, scoffing, hatred, threats, violence, and death. And so He promises something this world can never give us ~ PEACE.
I deeply appreciate how Jesus can redirects our screaming “WHY?” questions, by acknowledging the pain, then offering something that comes from His Kingdom of Love, Mercy, and Grace ~ His PEACE. This peace is real, my friend. It doesn’t come from our circumstances or our psychology. It comes from God. It is a gift. So if you are tired of asking “why?” and you are weary from trying to find all the answers, if you are willing to let go of figuring it all out and will turn in trust to the One who loves you most; His peace is yours. It will be in abundance to meet the need of chaos or confusion in your heart. It is given freely. And oddly, just as we can’t find answers to many of our questions, neither is there an explanation of the existence of peace . . . other than it comes from above and is a mysterious gift designed just for our broken hearts. Heaven will never run out of a supply of it. Our desperate need of it guarantees its endless resource. I hope you are already embracing His gift of PEACE.