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Sometimes when horrible things happen we ask, “Why me? Why is this happening to me?” But the other day I thought, “Well why shouldn’t this have happened to me? What qualifications do I meet that would exclude me from the woes of human suffering that others must also experience?”

I know that it’s not particularly comforting to hear someone say that no one is excluded from suffering, but it is something important to think about. Your situation could just as easily have happened to someone else, but it’s you instead. Did you deserve it? Maybe, maybe not, but it happened regardless and now you have to figure out how to live with it. It’s not easy, and it’s going to hurt, and you’re going to have questions, and you may even have doubts, but those are all normal. Your situation might not change anytime soon, but your response to it can change how you cope with it.

It’s not always easy to make sense of life, especially not when it feels so random and when terrible things happen, but knowing that God is right here with me is what helps me cope with my problems. It might not immediately make me feel better to hear someone tell me that God is right here through it and that He has a plan, but it does help me keep my grip. Knowing that God can and will eventually make sense of everything is extremely comforting. Knowing that my pain will not be wasted, that I’m not going through this for nothing, and knowing that God is walking right next to me through it all makes everything more bearable.

Why Them?
God Does All Things Well
If God Is Good, Then Why Is There Evil?
A Bit on Suffering
Not Exempt
Discomfort and Suffering from God
The Cause or the Blame?
When God Can, But Doesn’t
Trust Without a Miracle
It’s Not Fair
Bitter or Better