Blown Away

The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Remember the greenhouse in Friday’s post? Well, it got blown away by Storm Brian last Saturday. 😦

Greenhouse destroyed

We’ve saved up the money to buy it. We’ve spent days to put it together. Now it’s destroyed. Of course I was upset!

Why does God allow things like these to happen to us?

“Why? Why, God, is this happening to us?” I asked. And, sure enough, the thought what have I done to deserve this came into my mind. I felt guilty for my impatience while putting it together. I wondered what else I had done or said wrong — to commit the sin of ingratitude — so that the greenhouse was taken away from me.

Faith shaken

I don’t know about you but situations like these shake my faith. I might ask, “God, where are You in all of this?” I might doubt God’s goodness in that moment. And I surely cannot see the meaning behind the hardship.

Sometimes Job comes into my mind. Then I wonder how on earth this man — who has just lost everything — could continue to praise the LORD:

And he said, Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. (Job 1:21)

God’s Infinite Wisdom

No matter if we understand it or not, there is always a reason behind it. Sometimes the reason becomes clear within moments. At other times it will take time for us to understand ‘why’ things were going the way the did. And then there are hardships we will never fully understand until we reached heaven.

The most important thing, here and now, is to remember: no matter what, cling to Jesus! Don’t be blown away by your disappointment — which will only lead to anger and bitterness!

 

Author: Mirjam

Once lost, now found. German native, now living in the beautiful Sunny South East of Ireland. Helpmate, homemaker, mom, writer. Using my pen name (Mirjam Fels) I'm writing for and about Christian women.

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