Monday, September 7, 2015

Why Me?

By Andrea Merrell

If you’re like most people, the first question that pops into your head when a crisis hits is “Why me?” Whether it’s a car accident, sickness, or unexpected expense, it’s hard to look at the situation objectively when trying to analyze the problem and figure out why it happened to us in the first place.

Life happens. God never promised us that things would be perfect and free of difficulties. What He did promise was His wisdom, comfort, and never-ending presence in our lives.

Too many times—when we finish whining, crying, and complaining—we run to the pastor, a counselor, or a trusted friend. Those things are fine, but we should first consult the One who can part the waters, turn water into wine, and even raise the dead. He has the ultimate solution to anything we could ever face, from the smallest inconvenience to the worst catastrophe imaginable. The best part is that He knows the problem inside/out, from beginning to end, and everything in between. He is the ultimate problem solver.

I met a wonderful lady at a writers’ conference recently who had been through a terrible ordeal with her health. She was not angry, depressed, or defeated. Her attitude toward her problems was inspiring. When I asked how she was able to keep such a positive outlook, she simply said, “I don’t say Why, Lord? I say ... What’s next?

I think I’ll try that from now on. How about you?

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