If you’re a parent, you’re all too familiar with the question “Why?” being asked. My daughter turns 4 in less than 2 weeks, and my goodness does she ask why a lot! I’ll be honest, I don’t always enjoy when she asks why. Sometimes I’m just annoyed at answering so many questions, and other times I don’t know how to answer in a way that she’ll understand. Even if she does understand, it usually is followed up with even more questions. Kids would make the best investigative journalists if they knew understood and had the comprehension of adults! It’s part of being a toddler and a kid, though. It’s how they learn! I should be happy that she’s asking questions and wants to learn about the world around her.
In the same sense, it’s the same for us, as adults, asking God “Why” when we face a tough time. We want to know why something happened or didn’t happen. Why did I get cancer… lose my leg… Why did I have to face infertility… tinnitus… Why, why, why… To the second point I made above on not knowing how to explain things in a way a toddler will understand, that’s exactly what happens sometimes. We are just like toddlers when it comes to our spiritual maturity, and we feel like we have to know why, even though we wouldn’t understand. To the first point, I am so happy that God doesn’t get annoyed when I ask questions like I do at times when my daughter asks questions. In fact, He’s already answered MANY, if not all, of the questions that we ask. The answers are all housed in one place. The Bible.
We might not have the maturity to understand the answer, though. There are some things that we will never have the maturity to understand until we meet Him in Heaven. By that point, though, it won’t matter anymore. While we are here on Earth, it’s important, critical even, that we ask why! It’s ok to question things! In fact, if you never ask why or don’t question things, you’ll never learn. It’s as equally as important to go to the right place for answers. Turn to the Bible, and if you’re not understanding, that’s ok! Discuss it with someone. We all have different experiences in life and have all learned different things.
We are the “body of Christ” as a church. That means that nobody is the whole thing. Nobody knows everything. The hands don’t know the same things that the feet do. Lean on each other to help find the answers! Just don’t be discouraged if you don’t get one. You might not have the maturity to understand it yet. You might never have that maturity. Believe and TRUST that God does understand and that His plan truly is the perfect plan.