Why does God allow this?
By: Kristen Oliver
As of right now we are 13 days into a 30 day quarantine, in hopes to reduce the amount of people infected with Covid-19. Never in my life have I been “forced” to slow down and not be busy. I have had reasons and excuses. It’s always been an option to participate in life’s “normal” day-to-day activities. There were times when I would pray for a way out, I didn’t want to have to go to another event or put on a brave face and go to church, or even go to work. And now…we don’t have an option. We are being asked to stay home. Except for those on the frontlines still working and interacting with people, and literally putting their lives on the line. If you are reading this and are still working an essential job I want to say, “Thank you for everything you do!”
This question is being asked more now than ever before….”Why would God allow this?”
While I don’t necessarily feel qualified to talk about this topic. I know people are asking and wondering, even subconsciously, “Why is God allowing this?” I know I have. Being a Christian for 27 years does not eliminate my questions or fear. But it does illuminate my God and hope.
“But the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” -Hebrews 4:12
The reality is, the human side of us will never understand why something like this would happen. We may try to justify it or rationalize it. The truth is we will always fall short. We will experience a rollercoaster of emotions.
These are all human emotions. One of the most powerful things I have been told is, “It is OK to have these emotions. These feelings should be felt. It is normal.” (YAY! I’m normal!) She ended her advice with…
“Feel your feelings, but don’t stay there.”
Well there it is folks, I thought that was my “OUT,” my excuse to just be “normal.” When we call ourselves Christians, Christ followers, that does not mean we are like God and don’t experience negative, sad emotions. It means, we WILL without a doubt experience the same emotions as any other person. But how will you react to these emotions?
Although, we may be in a new season of life, it doesn’t give us an “out” from reality. Educate yourself. Be responsible and safe. Don’t be too scared to live. Don’t hold anger and resentment in. Check in on your friends and family virtually. We are blessed to be living in a time in history with access to work from home and still gather virtually. We may need to gather and do things in untraditional ways. As my husband said, “What if our traditions are holding us back?” We may be so focused on what we “normally” do that we are missing the best things in life.
How to react to your emotions?
Identify what you are feeling
Allow the emotions
Move on, even if you don’t “feel” like it.
What if this time away from the “busy of life” is helping us re-focus on what truly matters? I am realizing that I don’t need Starbucks and Target in my life as often as I thought! My husband and I have developed new hobbies, like bike riding and learning how to play the keyboard. I can tell you I definitely wouldn’t have had the “energy” or “time” in my schedule to learn an instrument before. But our days have developed a “new normal.” A new normal. One that allows for naps, puzzles, hours of playing an instrument and talking at the table for three meals a day.
So, now thinking back to where we are in the world today, death surrounding us every time we turn on the news. A new “death count” and protective measures we need to take so we don’t get the virus or carry it to others. It seems pretty depressing. It is not even something we have much control over. One might feel hopeless in this situation. Yes, if all you see is the physical side of things, it will seem hopeless. But what if we looked at this pandemic from another viewpoint. Beyond the physical.
“On a human level you ask, why does God allow this to happen? There are so many circumstances that lead up to these situations. That is why the Gospel matters so much, because we live in a world that does not work the way it’s supposed to. God’s original design and humanity was intended for oneness with Him. But we broke it. We broke that relationship and Jesus came to restore that relationship. So, in times like these, when we face death, we know that death is not the end. When all we can see is something physical, then it feels hopeless. But my faith allows me to realize, if you believe that there is only what you see, then you have not yet seen all there is to be seen. There is another reality beyond the physical.” -Tauren Wells 3.3.20- Off Air with Carmen- Podcast
I would venture to say there is good happening amidst all the chaos. There is change happening. There is life continuing. When everything around us is changing, we can look to God, He never changes.
I would love to hear from you! Comment below with your thoughts and how I can be in prayer for you!
What is your new normal?
What good is happening around you?
What has been the hardest thing you have experienced during this quarantine?
Slow mornings=breakfast at the table