What not why?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Did you ever notice, the these words: “Why me?” are most likely to come out of your mouth when it’s something rather trivial that occurs as opposed to the traumatic? Is there ever a time when the “why” question is appropriate?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Have you ever wondered, “Why me, Lord? What did I do to deserve this?” It’s natural to question why when bad things happen in life. I remember recently when I used these words, almost automatically. And, if you notice, they are most likely to come out of your mouth when it’s something rather trivial that occurs as opposed to the traumatic. In my case it was the old truck not starting on a recent winter morning when I was depending on it to start. “Why me? Why today?” From God’s perspective there were a multitude of good reasons beginning with “He didn’t replace his old batter at the beginning of winter” and ending with “He certainly has a lack of patience this morning!” God has provided a better response, however, that can give sense to your suffering--major or minor.

Here’s a story : A young man’s biopsy confirmed the existence of a brain tumor, and the second opinion showed it was both benign and inoperable. Day after day, he and his family worked and fulfilled their daily responsibilities with the dread of the tumor shadowing their minds like a dark cloud. Two years later, the young man was rushed to the hospital following a viral attack. While recuperating at home, he tuned to a Christian radio broadcast and heard a message by a radio preacher who said, “When you're going through times of trial, don’t ask why but what.” The message left a deep impression on him. Instead of asking, ‘Why,’ he started praying, “Lord, WHAT do you want to teach me through this suf- fering? How can I make sense out of it?” Each day following that, the dread appeared but was soon dispelled by the comforting thought that God was in control, no matter what.

You and I, like that young man, are in God’s “waiting room,” waiting for the right time for treatment. When everything is going well, its easy to get caught up in the “details of life,” with secondary things crowding out the important. But now that we were in God’s waiting room, earthly possessions and pleasures ought to seem trivial. When we look to the Lord, for feelings of significance, that’s when we learn to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. “Why me Lord?” Probably the best answer is because, “I love you! See how important life is when you’re willing to take a rest in my divine waiting room.”

We pray. We know we are sinners, and ask for your forgiveness. We believe Jesus Christ is Your Son and He died for our sins. You raised Him to life. Yet, sometimes God we wonder why you allow pain into our lives. Hurt is hard to deal with, whether physical or emotional. Asking why is easy to do. Teach us Lord to ask “what” Your will is for us when our lot is to suffer. We want to trust You and follow You as Lord, from this day forward. Guide our lives and help us to doYour will. Especially when that will is for us to wait and not sorrow in the pain. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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