When We Don't Understand

Recently, the step-daughter of someone very close to me passed away unexpectedly. She was a vibrant and talented young girl, only 15 years old. There were no warning signs, but within 10 short minutes her body went from functioning as a normal teenager’s body to completely lifeless due to a severe asthma attack. Fortunately, her brother and step-father were with her in her last moments here on earth. Although they tried all the emergency procedures and called emergency services, they were unable to revive her.

In life, we experience situations and times when we cannot understand why certain things happen. We might ask, “What plan of God's would include the loss of life of a teenager?” And though some of us can come up with some plausible, even biblical, explanations; none of them seem quite adequate for the situation.

In times like these let me suggest that we stick with what we know. There are many things that we don’t know or understand, but there are also things that we know without a doubt; truths that are embedded in our souls about who God is and what He is like. When I face a circumstance in life that I don’t understand I try not to let it affect the things that I know for certain. What I do know is that God is good; He is the One who created the universe and holds it together by His power; God loves me; I am saved by the power in the shed blood of Jesus who is the Son of God; Physical death is not the end for me or anyone who has put his faith in Jesus Christ. When I am faced with something I don’t understand, these truths and others give me the stability that I need to keep going.