I posted my link for my post, “I’m Human” on Facebook. A wise friend of mine, Kayla, replied with this. This was commented a long time ago and so this post is way overdue, so I’m sorry for that.
I just couldn’t have said it better.
Yes, you are human. We all are. Because we see things through our human lens, it’s not possible for us to completely understand the ways of God – at least not on this side of Heaven.
But you’re absolutely right – God loves us, more than we could ever imagine. When we suffer, I think that God hurts too. He is grieved that we have to endure the pain of growing and changing, of sometimes having our world turned upside down. But He also sees the big picture. Because He loves us, He wants us to be the best that we can be. Though it’s painful, He knows that our suffering will shape us into the people He created us to be, people who use their experiences & scars to reach out to others. In those times of suffering, we’re vulnerable. We stop relying on ourselves and we admit that we don’t have all the answers. God uses these moments to speak to us and remind us that He is the one in control. He reminds us that He, not you or I, is able to see the big picture.
Why doesn’t God showcase His power only through “good” times and skip the suffering? Here’s the short answer: Because He knows that we are self-centered. When good things happen, our human nature is to credit ourselves. We stop relying fully on God and put our confidence in those who will inevitably let us down.
Our suffering enables us to see our limitations & our need for God. It also allows us to reach out to others who are hurting and use our experiences to help them draw nearer to God. And that, at the end of the day, is what He wants. He wants what is best for us.
Thanks, Kayla. :)