One of the more common questions I’ve ever heard non-Christians ask is, “If God is good, why do bad things happen?”
And it’s a good question. Why do mass murders happen? Why do people get sick? Why are there people with no home and no food?
Honestly, I don’t have the answers to these questions either.
But what I do know is that sometimes, God uses terrible events and circumstances to create glorious outcomes.
When I think about this, I’m reminded of a time when I was fifteen years old.
One of my best friends passed away suddenly in a car accident in late June of that year. It was absolutely the worst thing that had ever happened to me up to that point. I constantly asked God why he would take my friend, someone I was supposed to grow up with, someone who had yet to share laughs and jokes and smiles with the world.
What I didn’t know was that God wasn’t done using her, that her life had meaning even after her death. After the accident, her friends became interested in God and even started coming to our youth group. One friend in particular stuck around enough to get connected and ended up accepting Jesus – someone who might’ve never come to church otherwise.
God gave new life to someone in the midst of another’s passing.
I’ll admit, it’s still hard for me to go on without my friend, but at least I know her loss wasn’t in vain. God takes, but he gives too. These moments of confusion and pain will lead us to despair if we take them individually. Yet, God is at work, orchestrating all of these events. When you’re in that dark place, remember: there’s more God in every situation than we think.
Gracie Adamek attends the College of Lake County and hopes to one day be a special education teacher. She likes to sing, act, knit, and write. She hopes you enjoy your time here, reading these blogs, and is very grateful for the opportunity to glorify God through her words