Illness, job loss, heartbreak, financial setback, disappointment, spiritual battles---they all make us feel isolated from God/Jesus/Holy Spirit (whatever you are calling him these days).
When we go through trials, we often question "where is God?". You see this alot when people die at a young age. We question and plead for God to give us reasons why he "let this happen". The truth is: sometimes medical issues occur and sometimes people die for weird reasons that we cannot explain. We may never know "WHY". But where we take that question is huge. Be careful where (and with whom) you seek comfort when you are grieving.
I was on Facebook this week and witnessed several people going through some rough times. Some pleaded to see where God is in their pain. Friends, God is right here with you. He has never left you. He has never stopped loving you. In fact, we are the ones who often ignore God's presence in our life and in the lives of others. We get caught up in the American Hamster Wheel (aka The American Dream) of acquiring tons of stuff and trying to be someone we are not. Then we grew tired. And irritable. And we get pissed when things don't go perfectly from Point A to Point B. Life is messy. We must get messy in our faith.
To gain a better understanding of the pain we go through, we must allow God into how we are perceiving things. Perception is everything. And we must allow others into our pain to give us insight. This is where a close friend or two is vital. A trusted friend can help you see things differently. Is this pain you are experiencing inflicted from another person? Is Satan (yes, he is real---Google "ISIS" and you will believe the battle of GOOD VS. EVIL) involved in this mess? And last but not least....are YOU the problem here?
God is present. All of the time. He is with you when you are seeking answers on the internet. He is with you when everyone else has bailed on you. God is with you when things don't make sense. We love to connect Point A to Point B. Some folks want to make everything fair and they draw this into their spiritual belief system. They want to please everyone. And they do this with answers about God's role in life. Sunday School answers only produce spiritual drones; not true disciples of Jesus.
------Talk to God. Simply. Not like you are approaching the Wizard of Oz.
------Get strong wisdom from a friend whose heart is in the right place. That friend may encourage you, rebuke your actions, correct you, make you cry, or make you smile. That's true help.
------Find somewhere to connect spiritually in your life. A church, a ministry, a group, something that feeds your soul with Truth. This is why I write!!!!!