Where Is God In All of This

If you’ve ever had something bad happen and asked “Where is God in all of this?” – I hope this blesses you. And maybe provides a little comfort, if not clarity.

I received this email from a precious lady the other day, and though I receive a lot of emails and don’t get to respond personally to most, I felt compelled to respond to this one. When you read it, I think you’ll see why.

After sending her my response, I knew I had to share this question and answer here on my blog, even though it means making myself far more vulnerable than I might feel comfortable with. But then again – my goal this year was to “get uncomfortable” – right?

If you’ve ever had something bad happen and asked “Where is God in all of this?” – I hope this blesses you. And maybe provides a little comfort, if not clarity.

Dear Mandy,
I love your posts and blogs but most of it has no relevance for a 60 year old woman. I am rejected or ignored constantly because of my age and often feel invisible. Plus, when I do date someone and feel comfortable enough to disclose that I have Hepatitis C, they disappear. So, where is God in all this, Mandy?
~Anonymous

Dear Friend,
I’m so grateful you reached out to me. And I hope to answer your question as best as I can.

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I would like to respond to “Where is God in all this?” Because this I know from experience.

Where God is in all this is sitting right next to you even as you read this, holding your hand. Where God is in all this is so very evident in that he loves you so much, He inspired you to reach out to a total stranger on the Internet just so He could speak directly to you through that stranger. Where God is in all this is always present, never absent, with a heart that’s literally broken to see His precious child in so much pain.

No, God doesn’t cause disease or infirmary or pain, but He sure can use it, my friend.

I wanted so badly to get the answer to your question right that I turned to a pastor friend for spiritual guidance, and here is his response…

“My dad has always reminded me of the struggles that the Old Testament Joseph had in prison. Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, spent years in prison languishing. Then God resolved his issues in a big way, making him second in command in Egypt and enabling him to save many lives in the process, including his family’s.

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Mandy Hale
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