I heard some heartbreaking news yesterday that is still lingering in my mind today—families are suffering great loss and calamity. Although I do not know them personally, they are still family because we are all connected as part of God’s family.
It’s during times like this that no matter who you are, how long you have been a Christian, how spiritually deep you think you are, the questions arise, “Why?” “Why did God allow such tragedy to happen, especially the tragic death of children? Truth is, we don’t know why and may never know why. We try to give spiritual answers as believers, but I can tell you from personal experience, it does not ease the pain at the time. The journey from mourning to joy must be traveled by each of us on a timeline determined by our total dependence on the supernatural power of the God we profess as our Healer.
Nevertheless, until we are healed, delivered and set free, the ambush of thoughts is like stray bullets in our mind. We are unable to sooth the nauseous feeling of sadness when we stare at beautiful pictures of vibrate, happy, smiling faces of children that we dream of growing into adulthood. We try to rationalize, but cannot.
It hits too hard! It affects Christian believers and of course, nonbelievers, who often use unexplainable events and tragedy as reasons for not believing that a loving God would allow such horrendous things to happen to good people. Yet, no one is able to answer the why questions. Unfortunately, if we seek for a reason too long and do not come up with one, our soul will become exceedingly sad and discontent. Our inability to rationalize the horrific tragedy along with our emotional instability cause us to sink deeper and deeper into a pit of darkness. It is there in the pit that we are entrapped. Depression grips our soul with its gnashing teeth and refuses to let go. Consequently, we conclude we have no hope. It is in this pitfall where many give up and surrender to the spirit of defeatism. They cannot fight for themselves nor dig themselves out of the deep, dark, cold, pit of hopelessness.
Therefore, the need for intercessors is great! Intercessors are those will pray and stand in gap (spiritual gateway) and make up the hedge on behalf of those who become defenseless against the kingdom of darkness because the pangs of sorrow have become unbearable.
As believers, let us pray fervently for one another; and resolve that we may never know all the “whys” in this evil world nor understand even if God in His sovereignty chooses to tell us. But we must trust God to walk with us on our journey from mourning to joy. We must know we are victorious and believe what Jesus said even through our heartbreaking, painful experiences…
“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).