What are you doing to me, Lord?

Joe yanked the foreclosure sign off his front door and crumpled it into a ball. He whipped it across the yard as if doing so would rid him of all his troubles.

I don’t need this. Not now.

He unlocked the front door and entered his empty home. Its silence blasted his eardrums. Plunking himself into a nearby chair, he buried his head in his hands.

Lord, how much more will you send my way?

Six months ago he came home from a business trip to find his wife gone. She cleaned out their bank account and took their children with her. Her cryptic note simply said, “I’m done. Don’t come after us.”

Joe tried everything to find her, but she’d vanished. He hadn’t even had a chance to say good-bye to his kids. How could she take them from him? He still didn’t understand what went wrong.

He raised his fist in the air. “Why, God?”

The next week, Joe lost his job. Downsizing.

He eyed the unopened bills on the table. Joe bolted out of his chair, grabbed the envelopes, and threw them in the kitchen garbage. One missed the can and fell to the floor.

Joe noticed the return address—his doctor’s clinic. The results of his recent test must have come in.

More bad news.

The phone shrilled causing Joe to jump. He glanced at the number. Eli. Joe let the answering machine kick in. His friend’s voice filled the kitchen.

“Joe, we need to talk. I know why you’re having so much trouble. Call me.” Click.

Joe shook his head. He couldn’t take any more of his supposed friends advice. They had all the answers. Or so they thought.

What are you doing to me, Lord?

Have you ever asked that question? Be honest. Like me, I’m sure you have. This past week was a tough one. Every time I turned around something else happened. And you know what I discovered?

It’s okay to ask God why.

Job did.

If there was ever someone who deserved to ask why, it was Job. Look at what happened to him. He lost his entire family, his wealth, and his health. Yikes…my week was nothing compared to that! Let’s take a closer look.

Job didn’t blame God. Wow. After everything Job went through, he wouldn’t blame God. How many of us can say that? We’re quick to shake our fist at Him. How could He allow it to happen? We may never know why this side of Heaven, but God has promised He will never leave us. He’s in control.

Job didn’t let his friends influence him. His friends meant well, but really? All the challenges they threw at him were a bit much. Some of our friends are probably the same. They just want to help but sometimes hearing “All things work together for good…” You know what comes next. Yes, I believe this verse is true. However, when someone is going through a difficult time, it’s the last thing they want to hear. How about we just give them a hug and ask how we can help? You’ve heard the saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” It’s true.

Hawaii 236Job asked why. How could he not? He asked God very good questions and angrily at times. However, what he didn’t do was lose his faith. He trusted God. These sufferings made him look deeper inside to see what he could learn. Have you asked God to teach you what He wants you to see from your sufferings? When we do, we’ll grow stronger.

Job praised God anyway. After everything Job suffered, he still honored God. What an example for us! My mother did the same when she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She chose joy through it all. She even told strangers about her journey and how she loved God. Amazing. I’ll never forget her standing on her tippy toes praising God during a chorus at church. The joy on her face was radiant and contagious! Her favorite saying was, “God is good…ALL the time.”

I bet Job said the same thing. Would we? What are you learning through your trials today? Have you asked God to show you? I just did.

Yes, it’s okay to ask why, but let’s trust and still praise Him in the storms of life.

Do you have a storm you would like to share? Did you ask God why? I really appreciate when you reply with comments. I love reading them. God bless.

Job 1:21 (NIV)

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the Lord be praised.

Praise You in the Storm – Casting Crowns

This is a song our family clung to when we went through the journey with our mother. There were many versions to choose from but I really liked this one. Watch it all the way through.

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  18 comments for “What are you doing to me, Lord?

  1. susan steeves
    January 14, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Dar, this story is powerful and reflective of our daily lives and how we have to trust. Thank-you for sharing Mom’s journey as she truly lived this out! Love you

  2. Loretta Eidson
    January 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I’ve learned through the many storms in my own life to dance in the rain, knowing God would bring me through. It wasn’t easy, but I am stronger for it. I never blamed God, but there were times I thought he’d forgotten me. I’ve learned that He will use those storms in our lives as ministry tools to help others through similar situations. As always, He is all we need. Thanks Dar. Great post.

    • January 14, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks Loretta for sharing your heart with us. The storms definitely make us stronger even though they’re tough. Thanks for following. 😀

  3. January 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks Darlene. Not very often are we given permission to ask God ‘Why’. You wouldn’t believe how many in my practice feel guilty cause they ‘question’ God and where taught not to ask God ‘why’. If I may, Jesus also gives us permission. He knew His mission. He predicted it. He preached His outcome. He knew the outcome and the reason. Yet on the cross Jesus in his humanness asked God, “Why” he was forsaken. It wasn’t cause he forgot, but because he was in pain. “Why” is a legitimate human cry when in pain. Great reminder from Job! Thanks!

    • January 15, 2013 at 7:44 am

      You’re right. We do feel guilty for asking why but shouldn’t. Thanks Chris for stopping by and commenting. I really appreciate it. God bless!

  4. January 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Great intro story, Darlene. Very powerful. Insightful post.

  5. January 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    This was just what I needed today, especially “Have you asked God to teach you what He wants you to see from your sufferings? ” Thank you. I didn’t even watch the video at the end, just seeing those soldiers made me cry 🙂

    • January 15, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Thanks Christa for stopping by and taking time to comment. God bless!

  6. Diane Spearing
    January 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Awesome Dar.. perfect timing!!!!

  7. January 15, 2013 at 6:52 am

    I love your thoughts on Job. Such difficult stuff to process. Thank you for your wisdom and for sharing the truth about hanging on through hard times. It’s okay to ask God why, but still, let’s praise Him. Yes!

    • January 15, 2013 at 7:41 am

      Yes, praising Him through the storms is tough, but we need to stay close to Him. Thanks for your comments. I appreciate you stopping by!

  8. January 15, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Great story! It really illustrates your point well. That’s a difficult subject but Job is the perfect example and I do think it’s important that people realize that it is okay to ask God why. I love that Casting Crowns song. Thanks!

    • January 16, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Hi there. Thanks for your comments. Casting Crowns are great, aren’t they? They have powerful songs.
      God bless.

  9. January 16, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Thanks so much for again sharing your heart, my friend. Blessings!

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