Turn the WHY into a HOW

One thing is sure: troubles come. Things happen that you don’t understand. The downsides of life that no one would like to experience. The things we pray that God would take away, or better even keep from happening to us. But one other thing is sure, too: God is there, whether you feel him or not. The most disturbing question in these times is WHY:
WHY is this happening to me?
WHY did I have to grow up with my mother addicted to alcohol?
WHY did my brother have to die due to cancer when he was only 24 years old?
WHY am I still single?
WHY can’t I speak and understand Japanese, well?
WHY am I the only one that cannot play volleyball?
WHY am I not as pretty as the girl sitting next to me?

It’s small and bigger things but the WHY is not taking me very far.
It keeps me centered around myself. Keeps me focusing on my misery.
But if I really believe God is good, God is just, God is love, God is in control and in Him I can have peace and hope, I should stop asking WHY and rather ask HOW.
HOW can I find God in all of this?
HOW can I grow through this experience?
HOW can God be glorified in this?
HOW will God come through with his love?
HOW can I give him praise?
HOW can I help others through my experience?

In the same way the WHY makes me resigning and passive,
the HOW gets me excited, gets me going to look for God. As he has promised: ”You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” I will start to find God, to see his light shine through in all this darkness and dirt.
Healing can begin and the spark of hope will become a big flame of faith.
I still don’t know Why and maybe I don’t need to know anymore, because I looked for the How I could see, I could grow and be more and more amazed of His great love. And isn’t that all I really want? Growing closer to Him, knowing Him more deeply?
Whatever it takes: I will stop asking Why but never stop asking How!

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