Our Desire for Answers

  • August 19, 2017

When you experience difficult times in life, it’s really hard not to ask “why” – even when you trust that God has a plan. I think it’s just in our human nature to want answers. Or maybe it’s just in my nature! I pray often that God will forgive me for my unbelief and doubt, but there’s a part of me that just wants to be mad at someone. I started thinking this is all Satan’s fault. Maybe he is responsible for all the terrible things that happen in this world we live in, including the sickness and death that Andrew experienced.

However, I had a great conversation with a very wise and godly man. He reminded me that “we are always dealing with God … whether its sickness or suffering or pain or even death … none of it would have come into our lives had God not ordained it” (Genesis 50:20, Job 1, John 19:10-11, Acts 2:22-23, Romans 11:36, Ephesians 1:11). While my human brain can’t understand it, God brings his plan to pass in a way that can sometimes include bad things without being responsible in the sense of it being his “fault”.

The verse that I continue to contemplate on a daily basis is Romans 8:28 – ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ My definition of good is probably a little different from God’s. When I think of “good” I think of happiness rather than despair, comfort rather than pain, peace rather than distress.

Verse 28 is typically where I stop, but our conversation led to reading further into verse 29  – ‘For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.’ It was pointed out that we are all being made to be more like Jesus. I was reminded that the moment Andrew took his last breath he became exactly like Jesus.

“Good” is being like Jesus – not being perfectly satisfied and comfortable with our lives here on this earth. I love this quote from my wise counselor, Charley Chase, “To get us to the place God wants us to be, he brings us through the places we don’t want to be.”

I am praying God will continue to conform me to the image of Jesus and feel confident that the difficult times we all face is one of the ways that God accomplishes this in us.

  1. Kim left a comment on August 19, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Meredith, your words are so true and so powerful. Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing your heart through this blog. I pray God will use you to speak to the hearts of others who are hurting and wondering why God allows pain.

    • Meredith Chase left a comment on August 19, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you, Kim! I pray for that as well and that God is glorified through all of this.

  2. Taylor Roberts left a comment on August 20, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Thank you for this! I am almost 29 weeks pregnant with identical twin girls. Sadie is doing great, but Harper was diagnosed with hydrops at 16 weeks. It’s not over yet, so I am still praying for God to let her stay, but I know that if He doesn’t then there is a reason behind it. The words that your counselor said to you really stuck out to me because of how true it is. Through my journey with this pregnancy I have always prayed for peace and understanding for what His will is. So thank you for putting yourself out there and opening up your heart because it has made me feel not wrong for how I feel. Some of us get angry, some of us fight until we cannot fight anymore, but some of us really do just let it be and give it all to God.

    • Meredith Chase left a comment on August 20, 2017 at 11:18 am

      You are definitely not wrong in how you feel. It’s so hard to just trust with blind faith. But our God is so good and loves us so much. Praying for peace is what I do constantly! I’ll be praying for you, your husband, and both Sadie and Harper – for their health and healing and a safe delivery! I’d love to hear from you on how things are progressing.

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