Why do bad things happen to good people? I think overall there is no blanket answer for this question. However it seems to be one that we ask a lot these days. Whether that bad thing is small or large, personal or national, we have all gone through something bad in our life and are left wondering why; why me, why us, why now?
Two years ago today my family said goodbye to a very sweet little boy, as my great-nephew went to Heaven. Every time I saw him he always had the biggest smile on his face and a giggle to go with it. Although he was only 2 years old, he made a huge impact on a lot of people, still does to this day.
This past weekend, 20 more families had to say goodbye to their sweet children and 6 more families to a loving parent or teacher in their life. The Christmas season is the time to teach others about the birth of Jesus; to celebrate loved ones, to buy presents for those closest to us, and to enjoy happy traditions. And unfortunately for some, this time of year changes; presents are left unopened and traditions look different.
But why does it happen? Why do we have to go through this? A Pastor I heard once explained it this way. We are not good people, not one of us has never sinned, so the real question is not this but why does anything good ever happen to such not so good people. Another pastor also said that God cares more about our character than our happiness and through the storms of life our character is sharpened and changed.
I don't really know for sure. But I do know that when bad things happen, we are changed. When bad things happen and we are shaken to our core, we start to search for the purpose in life, for what we can cling to.
When you weather a storm, when that bad thing hits your life, don't fake your way through it. Search out the God that cares for you, the One who created you, the One who wants to hear the good, bad, and ugly from you. He wants to carry you through it, He wants to heal you, and He wants to comfort you.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7