Last year after the devastating tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri, I wrestled with the question, “Where was God in all this?” While I could see God working through the people who came together to help each other, I was not satisfied with a God that only shows up for the aftermath of our tragedies.
This week, as I was trying hard to pray instead of worry, I actually was comforted by the thought of God being present in the aftermath. What I am dealing with is more along the lines of one of life’s little messes than a tragedy–no lives, limbs, or homes are at stake–but it will be a rough few weeks until I can put it behind me. I want to “fix it” now, but there is absolutely nothing I can do but wait–except “watch and pray.”
Remembering that God is here with me during this time is a huge comfort. Maybe He will show me a shorter route out. Maybe He will let me find joy in the journey. If I can trust that His will is at work–even if it is behind the scenes from my perspective–I will be able to find at least a bit of that peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.
How do you deal with a problem that you can’t fix?