Let's Be Real
Written By: Alexis Catlett
This past Sunday, Pastor Jason started a new sermon series, “When God Doesn’t.” He discussed how we, as mere human beings with finite minds, get frustrated and question God when He doesn’t answer our prayers. Pastor Jason talked about Habakkuk crying out to God in anger and frustration at the sin and heartache he was witnessing and questioned God as to why He wouldn’t step in.
As I reflect back on Pastor Jason’s sermon, I think about how we tend to be shortsighted in comprehending why God sometimes allows us to bear unimaginable heartache. Many times, we wonder why He doesn’t answer us when we fall to our knees in anguish and beg Him to give us answers or answer our prayers. Sometimes our lives fall apart, whether it be from physical ailments or some other type of fire God may have us walking through, and in desperation, we pray and plead with God to end the pain and suffering. We beg Him to step in and fix everything like we know He can, but sometimes, “God doesn’t.”
We get frustrated and feel as though our prayers are meaningless, like maybe they aren’t even getting past the ceiling, and we wonder why we even bother to cry out to God. But, it’s during those times that we have the opportunity to draw closer to God.
During our most painful days, even when we can’t see it and don’t understand it, God is still working in us and through us. He’s still there, holding us tight, walking right through the fire alongside us, even though He may seem so far away.
During these trials and heartaches, we need to be real with ourselves and with those around us. Many times, we will want to shut down and give up on ourselves, our loved ones, and God, but we must press on and keep fighting. We need to be real rather than right, because suppression leads to oppression. Let us keep crying out to God. It is okay to question and wonder why. It is okay to hurt and to cry. Everyone is going through something.
When I was going through some of the hardest times in my life, my father told me, “Even people that seem to have it all together are really nothing more than fragments of shattered pieces, glued and duct taped together into a whole being. Every little piece has a story.” God is going to use each piece to mold us into who He wants us to become.
Let’s be real with one another, love on each other, and keep on praying. People heal through authenticity, so let’s get real with each other about what we are going through and stop suppressing our pain by thinking we need to bear this heartache alone.
Habakkuk questioned and pleaded with God. He was crying out to God and asking why. It is okay to question. It is okay to ask why. As we continue studying the book of Habakkuk, we will see that Habakkuk’s questions became clarified, and in the end, Habakkuk praised God.
We need to be real rather than right, because
suppression leads to oppression.
“Even people that seem to have it all together are really nothing more than fragments of shattered pieces, glued and duct taped together into a whole being. Every little piece has a story.”