She was angry and devastated. Anyone who loses a child to a tragic accident would be. I had to remind myself to ignore her anger and feel her pain. “Why would God let this happen?” she asked. “Why? Why?” I made no effort to answer, or offer a prayer and a verse. Grief is necessary, even sacred. We must respect it and embrace it.
But here’s what I know for sure. 1) We’re made in the image of God, and He loves us. 2) Life is sacred, but temporary; Heaven is eternal. 3) God doesn’t cause suffering; our sin and fallenness does. The world was irreparably damaged in Eden, and it’s more broken now than ever… but we broke it, God didn’t. 4) Bad things happen to good people. The innocent suffer. People die. That includes you and me.
Know something? If an accident doesn’t kill you, sickness will. Even if God heals us of cancer (as He did with me), some other sickness (or accident) will eventually snuff us out. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, but guess what? Lazarus eventually died… again! Healing is never permanent. It just buys us time till we get Home.
So what happens when a child dies? He/she goes immediately to Heaven. The same is true for you and me. That’s our hope, and we can face anything as long as there’s hope. That alone will sustain us when the tears flow and life is unfair… and that is true healing.
A little girl wrote a letter to some missionaries. Her mom told her to make it short and sweet because “missionaries are very busy and don’t have time to write back.” So here’s what she wrote, “Dear Mr. Missionary, I want you to know that I am praying for you every day… and Mr. Missionary, I don’t expect an answer.”
Do you expect an answer? Will you be faithful if you don’t get one? That’s the larger question, isn’t it? Be faithful, friend. You won’t regret it—I promise!