I’ve been reading Harry Potter to the girls after bedtime devotion and prayers. They’re fun reads, with good vocabulary and great themes of bravery, good v. evil, selflessness and the power of unconditional love. Leah, my eight year old, has a bad habit some nights of interrupting a particular section and asking “Why?”. I find this more frustrating than I should. Perhaps it’s because I’ve already read the whole thing before and I know that the “why” she wants is usually irrelevant to the story, or is often answered by what happens next. If she’d just listen and enjoy the ride there’s a great and exciting story with a happy ending to follow. Getting caught up in “why” just interferes with hearing the story.
There has been a lot of tragedy going around our corner of the world in the last 6 months. It is easier to see the potential workings of God in some of it than others. The loss of a job could mean a better job around the corner and more time with family now. A severe injury can lead to miraculous healing, or inspiring others through God’s provision and endurance. A young person or parent with young children contracting terminal cancer is a lot harder to comprehend.
It’s easy to get consumed with wanting to know why God would allow such a thing to happen. In times like this, it can be good to remember Leah. Refuse to get sidetracked in the why of your story. Instead, concern yourself with what happens next.
“And then, she did the bravest thing imaginable…”
“And then, for the first time, he completely gave his life over to God’s will…”
“And then, she understood her need for God and salvation through His Son Jesus Christ…”
“And they were adding to their number daily…”
We know how the story ends. We know Jesus is the hero. We know that His side wins. We know that those who believe in Him shall not perish. Keep in perspective that all of life’s triumphs and tragedies are a part of HIStory, and be determined to be more concerned with the “and then” and leave the “why” to Him. (And then, He will give you the strength to do it.)