Jan 6th, 2022
Warning Labels
By: Hannah Gilbert
2 minute read 

Isaiah 43:19 For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. (NLT)

Most people who know me would tell you I’m a big question-asker—sometimes annoyingly so. I love details and probably prefer more than the average person, so if you’re telling me a story or giving me instructions without a sufficient amount of detail, get ready for a deluge of specific inquiries until my brain is satisfied. 

So naturally, I’ve had quite a few questions for God over the years, especially during tough seasons. Here are some questions I’ve wrestled with while I’ve been in the middle of storms: Why are you allowing this? What’s the point? What. Are. You. Doing? 

Have you asked any of those questions before? If so, well… I don’t have all the answers for you, unfortunately. I know that God’s character is comprised of goodness and love beyond our comprehension, and that He doesn’t cause bad things, but rather, every kind of bad thing in this world can be traced back to the entrance of sin in the very beginning. But why He chooses to intervene in some situations and not others, I don’t know. Why He sometimes heals people in this life and sometimes in the next, I can’t tell you.

Our existential questions may go unanswered on this side of heaven, but I have come to understand that when we seek Him, He teaches us to trust Him in the unknown. I’ve also come to understand that in every single storm in this life, He redeems what seems un-redeemable. 

I’ve seen it time and time again in my own life. I lost my mom when I was in college, and while that loss can never be replaced, the Lord continues to bring older women in my life that show me motherly love in her place. Now that I’m on the other side of my stomach issues, I’m getting the opportunity to encourage others going through similar situations, which completely makes that season worthwhile. And we are all seeing this reality play out right now, as thousands of people across our state are rallying around our friends in Western Kentucky in a beautiful, powerful way. 

Friends, if you’re wrestling with questions and not getting answers, I pray you rest in this truth: God doesn’t let anything go to waste. No matter the situation, His goodness will prevail. He will make a pathway through the wilderness, and He will create rivers in the dry wasteland—every time.

How have you seen God bring good out of bad situations in your life? How have you seen him redeem and restore? Thank Him for those things, and if you’re struggling to see His goodness today, ask Him to show you how He is working for good.

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