Some time ago, a red light appeared on the dashboard of my car. I know almost zero about mechanics, but I do know that when one of those little blinky things comes on, it’s “talking” to me about the internal condition of my automobile.
All of us go through life challenges and when we do, it’s normal to ask questions. We ask “Why?” “How?” or “What if?” All of the questions we ask are like lights on the dashboard of a car as they reveal what’s going on “under the hood” in our hearts. If you listen to your inquiries, they’ll reveal if things are running well with your Savior or if we need a spiritual tune-up.
What’s under the hood?
I admire people who trust God even when they experience deep disappointment. My friend Mark is one of those people. Three years after his wife was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer, she went home to heaven. It was heartbreaking for Mark to lose the woman he loved after twenty-two years of marriage, but he still chose to trust Christ. Rather than demand that God tell Him why his wife died and left him alone with three sons, he asked questions of surrender: God, how can I love my boys well through this time of pain? Lord, how can I love others more because of my heartache? Indeed, Mark’s questions revealed that under the hood was trust in the God who loves him. The result has been faith that has undoubtedly pleased God (Hebrews 11:6) and peace in the midst of pain.
If you are going through a difficult time, here are a few questions to ask the Lord instead of asking “Why?” or “What if?”
Lord, what do you want to teach me?
Jesus, how can I cooperate with you so that my pain will be used for my good and your glory?
God, how can I grow more in love with you in the middle of this heartache?
Lord, how can I cooperate with you to prevent Satan from taking advantage of me during this vulnerable time?
Jesus, how can I glorify you even though I’m disappointed—or hated, or crushed, or in despair?
My Savior, what can I do to love others more because of what’s happening to me?
God, how can I experience your presence in greater measure during this time of disappointment?
Jesus, what do you want me to do?
If any of these questions have been part of your journey with Christ, praise Him for giving you the heart to stay close to Him and obey. I’d love to hear your thoughts about today’s post through your comments below.