“Mom, where is Daddy?” asked my enthusiastic 5-year-old son as he nibbled on his scrambled eggs this morning. “He’s at work, honey.” His expression changed. “Ugh! Mom! Not again!”
This week has been an abnormally unusual week for our family. In six days, my husband will have worked 64 hours. The children and I are accustomed to David working only half that time in just two days and spending the other five consecutive days at home with us. So when Daddy is gone, we can truly sense his absence.
During our conversation, Hugo continued to share more with me about his frustration. If Daddy loved me, he wouldn’t be at work so much. What he didn’t understand is that Daddy is at work because he does love him and wants to ensure that all of his needs are met.
When we face hardships, we wonder: Where is God in all of this? If God loved me, he would heal my mother; my teenage daughter would still be living at home; my husband wouldn’t have left me; I would have a stable income to provide for my family. The list of problems could go on and on.
The answer is not simple. Some problems develop because of our own choices. Other times they are a result of circumstances beyond our control. And yet, they can occur because we are God’s children living in an immoral world. But in each instance, only one constant remains: God loves you and NOTHING can change that. “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
– He cares about each problem, big or small. The Bible says, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
– Not one problem is too impossible for Him to solve (Genesis 18:13, Luke 1:37).
– He will help you solve your problem[s] (Deuteronomy 3:1-3).
When we put our trust in Him, He will not abandon us. He has our best interest in mind as He works out all things for our good. And in the end, He provides another testimony of His faithfulness to share and encourage others.
So while David is at work (again) ensuring we have everything we need for day to day living, God is constantly hard at work in our lives preparing us for eternity. He is busily purifying our character through the testing of our faith and exercising our patience. Because like Max Lucado says, even though God loves us just as we are, He loves us far too much to leave us that way.