Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Do you ever question?

Dana Corbit here.

I've been thinking about this lately. I worry sometimes that I'm a bit of a fair-weather fan when it comes to my walk with God. Not that I turn my back on Him like Detroit Redwings fans do when the Wings aren't winning. But I find it much easier to celebrate God's miracles than I do to understand when bad things happen to good people or even God answers "no" to prayers. Okay, I admit it: I question sometimes. I ask why instead of trusting that God has a plan.

My toughest questions come when those bad things involve sweet little people, so I've been questioning a lot lately. In the last few months, three of my friends have had to watch in agony as their newborn grandchildren were hospitalized with critical illnesses. A fourth friend is at a loss on how to console her daughter after the young woman's son was stillborn. I praise God for healing the two babies that are home with their parents now, and I pray for that mourning mother and the other baby boy who still lingers, waiting for God's healing hands. But those questions keep coming. Why?

As I write my stories, I try to write characters who are imperfect Christians - people who believe and yet question sometimes, those who have a hard time letting go and letting God fill the driver's seat in their lives. Since I'm one of them, those people are pretty easy for me to write. :)

I found this Scripture to help give me confidence when I'm questioning. Hope it will help you as well.

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day." Matthew 6:33-34 (RSV)


Debby Giusti said...

Dana, you posed tough questions today than really can't be answered in this life. Hopefully, we'll see clearly in the next and understand Our Lord's perfect mercy and love, even in the face of what seems like tragedy today.

Cindy W. said...

I think it is part of the human spirit to tend to question things. That is when we need our faith to kick in and let the Holy Spirit guide our footsteps.

Matthew 6:33 is one of my favorite verses. Thank you for the post

Dana Corbit said...

Ladies - Thank you for your thoughts. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who questions sometimes. Nicola - Thanks for the reminder to "Let go and let God." I learned that in Al-Anon, the organization for relatives of alcoholics.