One thing that I’ve been questioning recently is how God could have allowed all this pain to happen to me when so many people were praying for my surgery to go well and cure the pain. A few days ago, God revealed a comforting analogy to me through nature that helped me understand a little bit of why.
Some days, the sun is hidden by many clouds. Sometimes the rain pounds the earth, while thunder shakes the earth and lightning streaks across the sky. This is not what we expected, not what we wanted, yet God remains in control. The rain that drenches the ground also softens the seed coats to allow growth. Without it, the seeds could not grow. My life has seemed like a thunderstorm the past few months. I often struggle to see how it is the answer to my prayers, but sometimes we need the stormy times for growth. I pray that my heart would continue to be softened to hear His words and to grow closer to Him.