How can God possibly be doing something good in all this turmoil?

I’m wondering too, and I’ve asked that question a lot. But if He’s shown me anything in this life so far, it’s that He can make anything new and beautiful.

That job you hate? He’s working on it. The relationship that’s hurting? He knows, and He cares. Your disability? He will shine His light through it. That difficult child? He’s bringing both of you into something amazing.

I know, sometimes I don’t want to hear it either. I want to just sit in the pain and the tears until I’m ready to have faith.

That’s fine. Come back here when you’re ready.

This is the place where I examine the why. Why did this happen? Why did God let it get this far? Why can’t I just feel better? Why can’t I go back to when it was easier?

It’s our unanswered questions that bring us to our knees, and in those moments, there is hope. I’m in this with you. I have been through a lot, and I need to know that all those tears were worth something.

I keep a compost bin on the side of my house, next to my garden. Inside are egg shells, rotten vegetables, dead plants, and whole lot of bugs. It’s not pretty, and it doesn’t smell pretty either. I don’t enjoy opening the lid. But I love the idea of using the trash from food we’re not eating to one day enrich the soil of the plants that will produce the food we will eat. Those rotten vegetables can give nutrients to new plants growing new vegetables. And that’s what I see in my life. Whether my worst moments are just the result of bad circumstances or I created them all by myself, the same God who can use a rotten banana to raise up a juicy tomato can create something good from the bad in my life. He’s done it before, and He’ll do it again.

Let’s watch Him make all things new.