Ok, I will admit I am wrong, and my mom was right. She told me when I was younger that my kids would be just like me. Although I already had come to that conclusion, today I will admit it in a public forum. 🤣🤣.
Today on the way to and from church; I could not get my youngest son to stop talking. Every time I told him to stop, he would ask the question all parents hate to hear from their child when told to do something. WHY? So what was my response? The same one my mom told me. BECAUSE I SAID SO!!!
The question of why has even carried over to those of us in the military as today’s young men and women enlist. When I went to boot camp, and then to my first ship I would have NEVER had thought to ask my boss why. I knew that a one sided conversation with him was coming, and I would not be the one talking. However, as the younger generation enters into the military the question why comes up more and more. Why are we going out to sea? Why do we have to paint the ship? Why are we working so late? I would have never thought for a second to ask why to any order I was given.
This morning’s interaction with my youngest really caused me to think about when I have posed the question why in my walk with God. I ask God why all the time. I ask God why did you not answer my prayer to stay in Virginia when I received my last set of orders? Why, God, have you allowed me to be so stressed? Why did you allow such hardship in my life? As I looked back, I became ashamed at the amount of times I questioned God in my life.
How many of you have had that same struggle? How many of you are trying to figure out why God operates the way he does in our lives? Well here is what we really need to know, it is not our place to question why God does what he does for and with us.
In the book of Isaiah we read, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55: 8-9 ESV). God puts it perfectly, like he could be less than perfect, we just could not comprehend why God does what he does. His ways and thoughts are not ours.
Here is the good news; our father knows best. One of my favorite scripture to turn to when I am struggling with why God does what he does is in the book of Jeremiah. “
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29: 11 ESV). God’s plans for us are always good. Does that mean we will not see rough times? No! However, the goodness of God comes out when we grow closer to him when we lean on him through the tough times.
I pray that we all learn to trust God. In the good and bad times, have faith and know that he is God. It took me forty-five years to learn to stop asking God why, and just trust that he has the wheel. Knowing that has helped ease my anxiety, and allows me to focus on what really matters; work to bring glory to his kingdom. Oh, and all the times I have questioned God as he moved us to Florida has proved fruitful. He has given me a chance to grow deeper in love with my him, and gain in the knowledge that it is not my place to ask why. He has given me a chance to serve at the Argyle Church of Christ. He put me in a place where I can learn from his word, and learn where I can serve him. I will just sit here praise God, and allow him to take control.
I have found peace in learning to trust him. I hope that you all find peace in trusting him too. God Bless!!