Do you ever catch yourself pondering the question of “why”?  Not “why me?” or “why then?” or “why Uncle Freddy?” but just “why” – the reason behind certain things.


I do.  I wonder why sometimes God doesn’t seem to answer my prayers; why people I love – good people – get sick and can’t seem to get better; why my husband and I work so hard, yet it feels like we can never get ahead.




I do believe that “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28) and that His ways are higher than mine (Isaiah 55:9).  I find great comfort in those principles.


Yet the relentless question won’t let me be…  Why?


Seems that as I get older and as times get tougher, the question will continue to trouble me ceaselessly.  But last week the Lord sent me a simple but meaningful message: A shinny silver lining (sort of) in the form of a gray pit bull.


I am referring to my beloved dog, Roko.  You see, Roko is a highly intelligent dog.  (He chases his own tail and likes to sniff other dog’s butts, but – trust me – he is very smart.)  However, every time we turn on the bathroom light, Roko goes nuts, chasing the shadows projected on the wall and yowling pitifully, “Ouuuuuuu!” as he wrestles with the ever-elusive shadows he will never catch.


It is so painful to hear my doggie wail like that, the other night I wanted to grab him by the collar and drag his face to the light switch, and turn it on and off, to make him understand – somehow – what was really going on.  But the effort would’ve been futile, because he’ll never understand.


Just like me, at times.


Author Marybeth Whalen said, “As we move through these uncertain times, it’s normal to question many things. Some of us might be questioning God right now – wondering where He is in all of this and whether He cares enough to intervene? Our questions can lead us away from God, or they can turn us closer to Him as we seek His will.”


I guess my questions and doubts are not so bad after all.  God can even use them to draw me closer to Him!  The trick, I guess, lays in trust.  To trust that, even though I might never understand certain things, I can still rest in His never-ending care. 


I get that.



How do you settle the question of “why”?

Author: ana

I'm Ron's wife and the proud mother of 3 adult children: Gracie, Ronnie and Nick. A native of beautiful Guatemala City, I work as a Spanish court interpreter. I love to read, write and tell others about God's love.

2 thoughts on “Why”

  1. I completed a couple of studies about the sovereignty of God. One was ‘Chosen By God’ by RC Sprohl and the other was ‘Trusting God Even When Life Hurts’ by Jerry Bridges. Trusting Him completely and understanding His sovereignty takes many of the “why” questions away.
    I do believe that God always answers prayer even when we think He hasn’t. Sometimes the answer is ‘wait.’ I think our faith is most tested in those waiting times. We tend to want the answers immediately and when we don’t hear from Him we do like Sarah did and try to ‘help God out’ usually with the answer we would like to hear.
    If we could see into the spiritual realm we would see that everything is for the glory of God. Everything works for His glory. Everything is done with a purpose. God uses everything for good.
    Some friends of mine had a child who was born terminally ill. Very heartbreaking. Logan lived until he was four years old but in that time both of his parents came to know Christ. When he died they knew he is living in heaven with our Savior and that he is no longer sick. How incredible for them! A little sick child leads the way to Christ. So in his sickness two more will be in heaven.

    Trusting that God always works in love and that He is ever faithful.

    Love in Christ

  2. Oh, what a beautiful response to this question, Julie! Thank you. I hope many other ladies are encouraged by it.

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