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God hears.

When we pray and it doesn’t happen, we assume God didn’t hear.

Or at the very worst, he doesn’t care.

Sometimes we have to take a step back and think about how small we are in comparison to the universe. The blue planet is suspended on nothing we can see. But there is an unseen force holding earth – and us – in place.

We are specks. And it’s almost humorous how big we think we are.

We shake our fist at God, we demand answers, we hold him accountable when everything goes wrong.

And yet, he understands.

And yet, he loves.

A father or mother can love a child who does all of the above.

God’s love is greater.

If we continue to demand and shake our fist, we only hurt ourselves and those around us. Yet, he lets us feel all the emotions of pain.

In fact, God feels our pain.

God heard your prayer because God hears.

It’s been said, God did hear your prayer. He said no. That platitude deserves the scorn it gets.

God doesn’t give us pat answers. People do.

Pain deserves understanding, compassion, and time.

God hears because he is with us when we’re in pain.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

We will never understand everything in life, but we understand enough. God wired us to find comfort with him if we want to.

For awhile, you may not want his comfort. You are angry at him for not intervening, not fixing the problem, and allowing pain and death.

One day, God promises to make it right. Then we will understand.

But for now, we do not.

You might not be ready to hear it now, but God is the one who you need during pain.

Everything else we try in order to cope and to ease the pain is temporary.

You will find that out. God watches and waits. He is with you even if you don’t feel it.

Answered prayer is a time of happiness.

Unanswered prayer is a time of sadness.

God is with us in the happy times. God is with us in the sad times.

God hears.

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preserve my life.

Christians are familiar with this scripture:

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)

I’m not sure if they are with the next part:

I have suffered much; preserve my life, LORD, according to your word. (Psalm 119: 107)

Verse 105 is easy. It is the declaration of every Christian who believes in the scripture to be the inerrant word of God. It is used as the point of reference for the application of morality. It is used when a Christian is navigating through difficult situations.

But then there is the next part: I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord.

There used to be (and still is in some church cultures) an emphasis on faith, to the point of almost denying there is such a thing as suffering for the Christian. It kept one buoyant…above the fray…optimistic, positive, and fighting with the sword of the spirit (the scripture).

This is not a bad thing. It’s only bad when you are caught off guard.

Sometimes, we think suffering happens to other people.

There were times when Christians would speak of God’s goodness of an answered prayer while I was sitting there, suffering, because my prayer was not answered.

Then I learned to speak of God’s goodness when I was suffering. When I did, I found myself feeling stronger, finding peace, and even joy. When we accept, we are trusting God.

Joy and sorrow were together at the cross.

How is it we acknowledge there is suffering in the world, but then are surprised when it comes to us?

We are offended with God. We are angry. We are hurt. We are rejected because God didn’t hear our prayer. He didn’t see how hard we worked. How faithful we were. How much we did what God asked because we loved him with all our heart, soul, and strength.

Two things:

  • As smart as we are, as capable as we are, as productive and innovative as humanity is, we do not understand everything. Think about the things science and medicine cannot explain. So how can we possibly think there is an explanation for our personal pain and suffering?
  • Life is eternal. There will be a day when we will understand. All things are hidden with God. There is comfort when you believe that. And it’s not hard to believe it. Because when you have truly hit rock bottom and there is no place to look but up, God is there.

God preserves us during times of suffering. He does it even when we do not know it.

But when you know it, it is all the more wonderful.

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unanswered prayer.

All of us have experiences we build upon.

There are all kinds of stories of people who survived an accident or beat an illness. They are ecstatic. And they should be!

The frailty of life and imminent death becomes a reality.

In Christian churches, there’s a lot of good experiences and people give testimonies of answered prayer and how God came through.

But I’ve always wondered about those who didn’t get their prayer answered and how they think God did not come through.

When you’re sitting in front of the television or in a church service, and you hear how an individual’s life was spared from cancer or unscathed in an accident, and they attribute God with the credit, (e.g. “I guess God’s not done with me yet”), I can’t help but think of someone who did die and wonder, “Was God done with them? Why didn’t God want h/she to live?”

If we think “input-output” (I prayed, God answered), there’s got to be an answer both ways.

I am sincerely happy and inspired when individuals thank God for what he has done for them. I just want to know how to help people who feel left out.

Are you one of those people? I know how you feel. While I have much to be thankful for, there have been some real confusing and difficult areas that have left me disappointed and hurt. The only way I’ve been able to come to terms with the pain is to trust God with it.

You are not the first to hurt and you won’t be the last. Life is hard and we learn to look at it with optimism since life has some very wonderful moments, too. The only way you can have this outlook is knowing God sees the end from the beginning. It won’t last, only to have a positive outlook. It has to be based in something solid.

We either trust God. Or we don’t.

It takes time to develop trust. God knows this.

When you trust, you rest.

When we look out into the night sky, we are breathless at its beauty.

There is Someone over that magnificence. There has to be.

God.

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