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God’s Hand in Everything

I get migraines.  We’re not talking about headaches that last for half a day, or even a whole day.  I get migraines that last for weeks.  Over the years I have learned ways to cope with my migraines better, and there are often times that people do not even realize that I have one.  But I get really bad migraines, and I get them all the time.

Having migraines gets in the way of having the life that I would like to have.  There are a lot of things that I don’t get to do that I wish I could because of my migraines.  I often end up in bed early when I would rather be spending the time with my husband.  There are lots of times that housework has to be left undone (and ultimately left for my husband) because I just can’t do it during the day.  There are days where my kids get jipped because I need to rest.

Over the years, I have struggled with being angry with God about this.  I have often questioned why me, or why anybody for that matter.  I have felt sorry for myself, my husband, and my family.  I have had overwhelming guilt brought on because of my headaches.

BUT….what is all of that saying about the God who created me?  I am fearfully and wonderfully made!!! (Psalm 139:14)  If I believe this, and I do, then why do I question so much?  Why do I get angry with God?  Shouldn’t I be finding the good in the situation.

We have all heard, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  But there is so much more to it than that.  When life’s circumstances are hard, use them to grow in your relationship with your creator.  Instead of asking, “Why is this happening?” I should be asking, “How can I use this? What can I learn from this? and What can I teach others because of this?”

I like the way J.C. Ryle talks about this…..

“If God has given His Son to die for us, let us beware of doubting His kindness and love in any painful providence of our daily life. Let us never suppose that He can give us anything that is not really for our good. Let us remember the words of Paul, ‘He who spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all—how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things.’ (Rom. 8:32.) Let us see in every sorrow and trouble of our earthly pilgrimage, the hand of Him who gave Christ to die for our sins. That hand can never smite us except in love. He who gave us His only begotten Son, will never withhold anything from us that is really for our good. Let us lean back on this thought and be content. Let us say to ourselves in the darkest hour of trial, ‘This also is ordered by Him who gave Christ to die for my sins. It cannot be wrong. It is done in love. It must be well.’”
~ J.C. Ryle

So this is the challenge for myself.  When I am frustrated that my head is hurting for the umpteenth day in a row, I will tell myself, “This also is ordered by Him who gave Christ to die for my sins. It cannot be wrong. It is done in love. It must be well.”  I will look for the positives, have confidence that they are there, and rejoice and be thankful for the opportunity to grow through this trial.

“Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding:
far be it from God that he should do wickedness,
and from the Almighty that he should do wrong.”

Job 34:10

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