Tonight Elaine and I pondered a great deal about her tragedy. She and I had asked in the past so many times about the “whys” of her not being spared from crippling injury. In the midst of our chat, we recounted the many times in both our lifetimes that we had been spared serious injuries especially on the road. Between the two of us, we shared at least half a dozen near auto accidents that could have wiped us out immediately.
Even in the middle of trauma, a Christian can look back and see God’s protective hand. Perhaps seeing it at a juncture of suffering is more difficult. However in looking more deeply through our pain, God’s mysterious ways stretch us as we get a glimpse of Christ’s cross. We cannot fully understand the pain, yet we must somehow accept it.
God often puts someone in our path who suffers much more than ourselves as a reminder of just how blessed we are. No one can compare one’s pain to another, for each has his/her own cross to bear. Perhaps seeing the pain around us simply reminds us of our blessings and the pain free eternal place awaiting His servants.
As we ponder the “whys” of life, may the Lord help us to remember the many times He has intervened for us. He has a plan. If God chose not to spare His only sinless Son for the sake of forgiving humankind, “why” do we think we are exempt from suffering in this life. We have never deserved being spared. So when we are not spared pain, may we move away from the “whys” and seek the Lord’s love as we cry out to Him for grace in time of need.