Often in life things happen that just make no sense to us at all. We all experience things that seem unjust and unfair; hardship and disappointments that can throw us for a loop. Many times we have setbacks and challenges that can bring us to our knees. Often, we as believers can have moments where we even question and doubt God’s presence and love for us. We feel in the dark about the circumstances we temporarily dwell in. We, “can’t see the forest through the trees,” as the expression goes. We must all remember these words:
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
~ Isaiah 55:8-9
When the mountains we face in life seem immovable, when the pain seems like it’s too much to bear, when the losses and burdens we carry are so heavy we feel we can’t take one more step, we must have faith. We must change the questions we ask our benevolent Creator. We must replace, “God why is this happening to me?” with, “God what should I be learning from this?”
Whether we are experiencing the loss of a loved one or even something as simple and frustrating as a flat tire, we need to realize that God knows what He is doing. I am 100% convinced that God sometime takes the righteous before their time, in order to save them from more suffering and hardship in this world. I am equally convinced that God will cause trivial delays like traffic, flat tires, coffee spills and other seemingly pointless frustrations in order to save us from being in bigger accidents or disasters down the road.
The harder the challenge, and the more intensely it brings us to our knees to weep and mourn with despair, the more likely we will stay down on our knees to pray. I love the line in Matthew West’s song, “Strong Enough” that says, “Well maybe … maybe that’s the point. To reach the point of giving up. For when I’m finally … finally at rock bottom, then I start looking up.”
God sees the big picture, we do not. God knows the end of the story, we do not. God’s ways are better than we can possibly imagine, so let’s praise God for the “good,” and let’s praise Him for the “bad.” Let’s worship when we feel like it, and especially when we don’t. God is asking us for complete surrender, and we must lock ourselves in a prison of praise and worship to Him. We must have faith that He has a plan and a purpose for the annoying, trivial challenges we experience just as we must trust in Him during the more heart-wrenching losses and setbacks. Proverbs 3:5 says it best:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
I think we all need to be challenged to cast our cares upon the Lord no matter how small or how large the burdens seem. When we walk with our Lord in heaven, I believe He will illuminate the bigger picture of all those moments that caused us much confusion, fear and doubt. When His ways are made clear, we will be so overwhelmed with His love and the perfection of His purposes that we will rejoice like the angels and declare, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Revelation 4:8)
Are you going through something right now that makes you wonder if God has your best interests in mind? What can you to do clear your vision so that you can see the trees in spite of the forest? How can you praise God in the midst of this?