Recently I sat in our worship center while we said goodbye to a 10 year old boy who was part of our children’s ministry. Several times during the service I could hear the wales of the boys mother rising above the noise.
If I could go the rest of my life and never hear that again I would happy.
At one point I looked over at the mother. The pain on her face was so severe it was nearly palpable, even from across the room. As I looked into the deep pain of this young mother I found myself thinking:
As I spent many hours with this family at the hospital, I never once heard the mother say these words, but in that moment I found myself thinking that of myself. Please understand that I have NEVER been through such a tragedy and I desparately pray that I never do. So when I asked this I wasn’t asking out of my own pain, or from my own experiences. Rather I asked what made me different that God spared me, up to this point, from such pain. What made me different from the mothers of this 10 year old and the 2 year from just a few weeks prior?
The truth is nothing makes me different. The truth is that God is sovereign. God is in control of EVERYTHING. This last revelation may come as a great surprise to you, but God is also MUCH smarter than I am. I don’t know why God chooses to allow some to endure this and not others. What we do know is that it is all part of God’s plan. How these events fit into His plan may never make sense until we join these kids in Heaven.
So, where does that leave us?
We can take comfort in the fact that God is in control. We won’t always know what’s coming and we may not always understand it, but God is in control through it all. The Bible promises that all things work together for good for those that love God. In the moment of our deepest pain and suffering this may bring little comfort. But, as we begin to rise out of these valleys, I believe these truths can bring comfort.