“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God…” (Romans 8:28)
There is a saying in America, an anonymous saying that is not actually in scripture, (that I know of), that says, “There is a reason for everything.”
In Ecclesiates there is a scripture that says, “To everything there is a season,” (Ecc. 3:1) but it does Not say, “To everything there is a reason.” The story of Joseph of the coat of many colors ends with “You meant it for harm, but God meant it for good,” which sort of says there is a reason for Joseph’s life and hard times. But the scripture that holds the most comfort for me is the one above: “…all things work for good for those who love God.”
We say “There is a reason for everything” when we are going through times we don’t understand: a death in the family; someone comes into our lives and shakes things up; we get fired or loose property; children are born; we move; we go to a school or place that is our second choice, etc. etc.
We Want there to be a reason for everything; we Want the world to make sense; we Want to know we have Some control over what’s happening in our lives, and yet, we Don’t have control; we Don’t understand; we Don’t see any sense in the sometimes senselessness of life.
So, our individualistic, independent, idealistic selves have used the strength, courage and individuality of our nation: its founding, its exploration, its development, to make this American saying. “There is a reason for everything.” It has been known to help people through hard times.
But we hardly ever get to see the “Reason.” Someone dies too young: the reason may be beyond our intellectual capabilities; it may be something only God knows. Someone suffers at the end of a good and worthwhile life: God only knows why this good person’s life should end this way.
In the “Chronicles of Narnia,” there is an escape made by two very different children toward freedom: one child is a begger boy, the other, a royal girl. Along the way, the girl is attached by Aslan, the Lion who is Christ. The girl’s scratches need medical care. The boy is alarmed and angry at Aslan; he asks why. Aslan tells the boy that only the girl needs to know. And she discovers in her recovery that those scratches are to let her understand what her “whipping child” went through for her.
Perhaps our sufferings are to help us understand what Christ went through for us. Just a thought.
We may never understand the reason behind something, but when we trust that God knows what God is doing, AND, that God loves us, it will work out for good; whatever it is.
The good qualities of the one who died too young, or after such struggle, will be ours to use in our own lives; the shaking up of our lives may show us what is really important, and what is not, and offer us opportunities to act upon those truly important things. It may give us the occasion to say, “I love you” to someone who desperately needs to hear it; it may make us more conscious of another’s needs, it may bring more song, or light, or hope into our own hearts.
Fear not what you do not know about the living of your life. After all, the Farmer, (Mk. 4:26-29) who was like the Kingdom of God, sowed the seed, lived his/her life, and worried not about how the seed grew, “he knew not how.” He only was ready for the harvest. We don’t have to know the reason, we only need to be ready to harvest the good. “…all things work for good for those who love God…” Blessings, Pastor Bethany