I'd venture to say that each human being, sometime in their life, has a hard situation that causes them to question God and frantically ask Him why He would allow that bad thing to happen to them. We wonder why God sends this heartbreak to us, as if He is punishing us for doing something wrong. We wonder why God would allow us to cry and sob and feel like life holds nothing but sorrow. But God only allows these hard times for a season, and after they are over, it is as if we are a caterpillar turned into a butterfly, transformed through a difficult situation.(Hardships should make us draw nearer to God)

I've had one of those such situations: when my big sis Katie died in a car accident when she was 19. I was 12. Although young, I couldn't help but ask God "Why?" Nothing in life made sense. It was as if time stopped and nothing else mattered. I felt sad and alone, like the grief of Katie's death would overcome my life. But then God started to remind me that He makes all things work together for good. He reminded me that He was holding my hand day after day. He told me that He would never leave me or forsake me: that if I drew closer to Him, He would draw closer to me. He reminded me that I was a child of the King, and that He had everything in control.

Although these were hard lessons to grasp, God just kept being there for me- patient and willing. Year after year, God has given me a brighter outlook on life than what I saw when I heard about the fatal car accident. When all seemed dark and grim, He showed me that there was a greater purpose in Katie's death- bringing souls to Him. Wow! How could I reject such a wonderful plan? Although this reason for Katie's death is powerful, there came a point where I had to make a choice; do I wallow in grief and reject God's promises, or do I run to God and seek His new mercies every day? I couldn't help but choose the latter. I couldn't stand to live without God. His joy compares to nothing else here on earth.

If you are in the midst of a hard situation, remember that God is there holding your hand. The trials you are going through aren't to beat you down, but there is a greater purpose for your pain. The purpose may not be visible at this moment, but if you keep drawing nearer to God, He will draw near to you. He will reveal that purpose in due time, even if it is in eternity someday. God's ways are not our ways, but they definitely are better in the long run!

Deuteronomy 31:8
"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."


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