-by Mary May Larmoyeux– My husband and I live on the top of an Arkansas “mountain” and sometimes our house is covered with thick fog. And on many days, when turning into our driveway, I can’t see our home at all because of the heavy white mist. When that happens though, I am not afraid.
Why? Because I know from experience that the crunching sound of gravel beneath the car’s tires means our house is nearby. It has not moved. I am not frightened to turn into the driveway then because I have done that countless times before, when the visibility was clear. I can trust the past for what I know is still true today.
Recently we’ve experienced some “fog-filled” days in our world. Evil has reared its ugly head once again and I, like many, wonder for a moment, “Why, God? Why?”
But is “Why” really the right question? After all, God is all good … He hates evil.
On days like today it brings me great comfort to simply trust God. To remember that only the Creator of the Universe has an accurate understanding of how all things ultimately work out for good when we are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28 ). That He alone knows how the dark and light colors of life are somehow swirled together to give Him glory.
I think the question for me today is not “Why God?” but instead “Where, God? … Where are You?” And like driving to my house, through the fog-covered driveway , I have to remind myself that He has not moved.
He is still there, even though His presence may seem hidden from my eyes.
Bible verses to encourage you in troubled times
- For you are not a God who delights in wickedness. (Psalm 5:4a)
- The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9)
- God is our refuge and strength,a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
- “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)
- Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered. (Proverbs 11:21)
- When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. (Psalm 56:3)
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
- Lord, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in the day of trouble …” (Jeremiah 16:19)
- “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
- The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. (Psalm 145:18)
- Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27)
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