One of the age old questions is this: Where is God when it hurts?
C.S. Lewis in A Grief Observed, a collection of reflections on his wife’s suffering and death due to bone cancer gives a stark expression of this question:
"Where is God? When you are happy, so happy that you have no sense of needing Him, if you turn to Him then with praise, you will be welcomed with open arms. But go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is in vain and what doyou find? A door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that, silence. You may as well turn away.
"Honesty at the emotional reality of the part of us that we cannot understand where life seems to be over run in grief and pain and God seems to be no-where to be found.
Yet even in that place there is hope. Even when we're at the bottom of the Roller Coaster of life we can see a glimpse of the horizon. Where is God? He is in the memories of the high times; he is in the comfort of a friend; he is in the embrace of a loved one; he is in the prayers of a community who want to walk the journey with you, to carry some of the burden of your load.
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, be-cause I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 Formy yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Turn to Jesus and he will give you rest! Take care and be a blessing to one another.
Pastor David Auty