Have you ever wondered why you or your family has to go through hard times...sickness...violence...times of many tears and many questions? While I'm not focusing on the why's of our challenges, there have been times this last week that I just stopped and cried out to God because I just don't understand.
I don't understand why Brooke has become sick again with what appears to be issues with her heart after many years without any complications. I don't understand why my migraines had reappeared full force. I don't understand why Dougie is struggling at work in so many ways. I really don't understand why God allowed Blake to be attacked in a parking lot by a complete stranger. I don't understand!
Then, in my quiet time, God speaks through His Word to me...words of comfort, assurance, and love. As I'm listening to one of my favorite bands this week, God speaks to me through their lyrics. At just the right time and just the right place, God sent just the right people to minister to my family and to me. It was through all this that I realized I don't have to understand why. What I have to understand is that even in the valley, God is good! He is working all things for the good of His children. No matter what, we're called to praise Him. No matter what we are called to live out our lives for Him.
So, what do I have to praise God for when I have one child sick and one child hurt? Let me share with you.