That is an oxymoron if I have ever heard one.
Most of the time explanations are never simple.
When the boys were little, they each went through periods of time in which they asked….”why?” Now if memory serves me correctly, the beginning of this inquisitive stage was around 2.5 years of age.
WHY is the sky blue?
WHY do frogs jump?
WHY can’t I have that cookie?
Then we advanced a bit…
WHY does he cry all the time?
WHY do I have to take a bath every night?
WHY can’t I wear those shoes?
WHY do I need to learn that stuff?
WHY can’t I stay up later?
WHY can’t I watch that television program?
As a parent I soon learned that those “whys” weren’t anything compared to what was coming…
WHY did those people die?
WHY did they treat her like that?
WHY can’t you trust people?
No simple explanations.
I will admit, sometimes the answer was “because I said so….I am the mom.” That didn’t last long because it quit working.
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Boys, we live in a fallen world. Bad things happen. People make bad choices and sometimes we suffer the consequences of those choices. Sometimes people die, again, because we live in a fallen world with pain, hurt and disease. But the Father sent the Son to stand in for those people, for us. He sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins. We have to accept Him as our Savior and receive this gift of salvation.
Sorry to say that it won’t answer all of your whys….but it will make dealing with them a lot easier. Life happens and it can be tough. But He will never leave nor forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
They don’t ask me why anymore. I hope they ask HIM now…. And my prayer is that they will be able to be at peace with His peace as those “simple explanations” seem fleeting.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 ”Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”
IN CHRIST ALONE
*google image, NIV Bible*