A few days ago, one of my girls from church texted and asked for prayer support for a friend. Her friend's son, a five year old who had gone on vacation in Jamaica had been swept away by a river. At the time of the text it has been five hours of searching to no avail. Later I found out the captain of the raft on which the boy was riding dove into the river after the boy to rescue him and both were missing.
Being a parent, it tore right through my heart. As I prayed I told God that although it seemed unlikely both would be alive after days in the river, I believe He can do the impossible and He should please give this boy's parents a miracle. Last night I learnt both bodies had been washed up the river bank, the same day the boy was to have returned home to Massachusetts. My first reaction was to ask God why this had to happen. Why did this little boy who has not even done life yet had to die?
Hard questions. We all have them. Why did God heal Jane D and not John D? Why is X still sick after all these years? Why did A survive the accident and not B though they were in the same car? Why did I have to have surgery after I prayed for months for God to heal me? If God is all we say He is, why did He not stop the plane crash?
We may get answers to some and to others we may never get answers in this life. I always look forward to meeting God in heaven, sitting at His feet and asking all these hard questions. We know from His word that we go through some of these challenges to strengthen and grow in our faith (James 1:2-4). Other times it is so that His glory will be seen (John 9:3). People have turned to God from a life of damnation because they experienced tragedy and because of that generations will be saved.
Through it all, whether we receive answers or not, God assures us thus:
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." Isaiah 43:2 It is nigh impossible to think or believe when you are experiencing mind-numbing tragedy that all things will work for your good; it takes extreme faith to accept such.
May the good Lord give us grace to trust Him enough to believe that no matter the trials, difficulties, terrible tragedies, etc., He is still with us.
Hard Questions. They are real.
Lady Monica ❤
PS: When you pray remember the little boy's mother. Her name is Keri. And his father too, Jermaine.