Where’s God When Bad Things Happen?

I’m committed to complete honesty with my readers here on One Girl Rebel and so here it goes. I’ve run out of words. What can one say when all you can see is fear, division, and tragedy everywhere? What I’m I supposed to say when all my heart seems to cry is, God why? What is this self-proclaimed control freak supposed to do when she realizes the world she lives in is out of control and there is absolutely nothing she can do about it?

Heavenly Father, you’re a God of order not chaos. God, you’re the Prince of Peace and all I see is brothers and sisters hating on each other. Can’t You see what’s going on down here Lord? Don’t You even care?
Where are You when bad things happen?

This is one of the biggest struggles of my Christian life that I have and the most asked question pointed at me from my non-Christian friends and family members.

The truth is I don’t have all the answers. I’m only human. I have questions of my own at times. The FAQ to God from me is, Why? I’ve sure caught myself asking that a lot lately.

He showed me an analogy from a movie, years ago called “The Love Comes Softly” series directed by Michael Landon Jr. and original books written by Janet Oke.

The analogy is this. A father and child are walking along a path and the child falls down and scrapes their knee. Is it the father’s fault that his kid fell and hurt themselves?… Most would answer no and they’re right.
It is the same with us. God doesn’t promise that bad things won’t happen to His children, a matter of fact, He says the opposite will happen but that He’ll be with us when they do. Just like the father in the analogy will pick his child up, wipe the tears away, clean up the wound and put healing ointment and maybe a colorful band-aid on it. God is our Healer and Comforter

In a similar way, God gave us a gift from the beginning of time and that gift is called free will; but just like giving a two-year-old a cherished fragile toy, it’s a toss-up whether they will cherish it too or destroy it in under 2.5 second or less. All of us from the beginning of time have chosen the second option in our lives. God knew this was gonna happen so He sent His son Jesus to die in our place and by His shed blood on the cross and resurrection from the grave we are made clean and new if we only allow God to take the reigns and take control back over our lives.

Sinners make bad choices even really bad ones like we saw in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago.

But that doesn’t mean God’s not in control, present and using horrible things for good and to bring Him glory.

The gunman ( I won’t for personal reasons be placing their name on my blog) was ready to shoot and kill people all night long. I personally believe God stopped him at 11 minutes. God placed off-duty military personnel,off-duty first responders, doctors, and nurses in the area to help the wounded victims and get as many people as possible out of the area fast. God placed truck and taxi drivers at just the right spot at just the right time to get victims to the hospitals at just the right moment. Doctors and nurses answered the call beyond the call of duty to help the victims as they suddenly swarmed in, in the middle of the night.

The devil was there inflicting harm and danger and he’s always scheming to do us harm but also God was there and so is He now.

Why some people die so suddenly and so horribly, and why people choose to do horrible things with the gift God gave them, why bad things happen? I won’t fully know until I have a face to face chat with my Heavenly Father about it someday but one thing I do know.

“ You (in this case the devil) intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives (physically & spiritually)” Genesis 50: 20a


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