Purpose in Pain: God, Why?

Amor mio, 

How are you today?! We are finally in 2021 after what seemed like such a long year. I don’t know about you, but this year really tried me. It was emotionally and mentally taxing, and it definitely affected me spiritually. I know that things don’t necessarily change because it’s a new year, but I am feeling so much hope and am so ready for something new. 

I am finally back with a new blogpost and this week, I want to talk more about God’s purpose in our pain. I want to talk about that question that we ask when we don’t understand why the things that are happening in our lives are happening. I want to talk about our “God, why?”

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I was in the shower today (lol) and the song “Songs of Ascent” by Hillsong United was playing. The verses that inspired this blogpost went like this 

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I will praise on the mountain

I will praise you when the mountain is in my way

You’re the summit where my feet are

So I will praise You in the valleys all the same

No less God within the shadows

No less faithful when the night leads me astray

You’re the heaven where my heart is

In the highlands and the heartache all the same.

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It was this song that made me think about a story from the bible that I am about to share below. You ready? 

“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him….’ After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, ‘wash in the Pool of Siloam’ (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing” (John 9: 1-3, 6-7).

Okay, woah. So, Jesus really did that. He really healed the blind man. What got me was when the bible said “… this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” 

What I find so wild about this story is that this was a blind man. I am not sure how old this man was, but he probably lived being blind for a long time before understanding why he was in the condition that he was in. Being blind may have caused a ton of heartache (song reference), but in his likely not knowing and questioning why he was born blind, God was still God, and Jesus just revealed to him why he was blind. 

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My love, can I be honest? I am probably right there with many of you reading this blog post in that I feel like I am still in a place of trying to understand exactly why some things have happened in my life. Regarding more recent events, I’ve been asking God why A LOT when I see the number of COVID cases rise or learn about another natural disaster. 

Honestly, I am convinced that you and I will never fully know all of the reasons why we have gone through some of the things that we have gone through and why all of the events of the world have happened until we see heaven, but I am learning to be okay with that. I am learning to be okay with not knowing exactly why some things have happened and trust God through it. 

My love, we may not ever learn the why of some of our issues in this life, but my hope is that we can have the faith to trust God even when we don’t understand why we are going through some of the things we’re going through. He does “work all things out for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose” doesn’t He? (Romans 8:28). So my love, take heart today as you enter this new year. God knows why, even when we don’t. 

Here are some verses to hold onto when we don’t know why

“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever” (Psalm 125:1).

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” (Psalm 91: 1-2).

Con amor,

Ash

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