Seeing God

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It does not cease to amaze me when folks who struggle to believe in God or don’t believe in God, say how can there be a God when there is so much suffering in the world?

Where did that understanding come from anyway? That God has nothing to do with suffering? Just look around.

A seed has to be buried underground and split open before a shoot eeks it’s way through the soil to erupt as budding life.

Trees lose all their leaves, wither into a skeletal version before emerging on the wings of Spring, rejuvenated and with renewed life.

Clay is fired up to 1500 degrees to burn away impurities before revealing a shimmering glaze.

Don’t get me wrong. I deeply hope that there wouldn’t be pain and sadness, war and senseless violence. The other night I sat with my husband at a memorial service for a vibrant 17 year old young woman who had tragically and senselessly lost her life in a car accident on her birthday. She died in the same hospital where she took her first breaths 17 years earlier. How does one make sense of that? My heart broke for her, for her family and friends.

I am reminded however that God does not cause everything but sure can use everything. Before being put to rest her organs now give life to others. Parents hold their children a little closer. Folks are encouraged to think more carefully about their safety before sitting in their cars to drive.

In the depths of my depression I was devastatingly miserable. I could see no light. I had no joy. Today, I am so grateful for that time because so much new growth has emerged as a result of it. New joy. New life. New laughter. New healing. New ways of seeing. New ways of feeling. New strengths. New hope.

Is it only me, or do you too see God even in the suffering?

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  1. I found this site after laying in my bed.. Praying for the Lord to heal me despite the fact I feel I don’t deserve it.. I am going through an intense depression like nothing I’ve ever been through.. It is terrifying.. I have not been depressed like this ever before.. I am so grateful I have my faith or I feel like I would just wither up and die.. I talk to God all day long.. I have hope it will pass and fear it never will or worse.. I will die from it.. It is that podiums.. I appreciate your words and though I am not familiar with your work.. I like to believe THST God is leading me to things I need to see.. WHAT is your book called and how can I get it.. If you have weathered this storm and come out the other side.. PLEASE share anything with me you think will help.. I feel like my life just stopped… Thank you and God bless you for helping other people.. Like I said I believe I was led here for some reason..

    • Thank you for sharing your story. I am sorry you are going through this difficult time right now. Rest assured that even though it may not look like it now, joy and help and hope and healing is possible. I hope you have reached out to a physician or psychiatrist for a check up. Depression is a physiological illness which may need medication, or they may be able to recommend alternative treatment. My books are available on my website, http://www.bethsarahwright.com under the tab: Purchase My books. Also, try this link: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/bethsarahwright.
      God is with you. God is blessing you. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning! (Psalm 30:5)

  2. A fascinating discussion is worth comment. I believe that you ought to publish more about this topic, it might not be a taboo matter but usually folks don’t speak about such issues. To the next! Many thanks!!

    • Indeed! Something more and more people could talk about. Thanks for reading and would love to hear what you have to say about the matter. Blessings!

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