Where Is God In The Pain?


Those moments when we cry out, “Where are you, God?” Storms of tears that won’t stop. A doubling over of ache. And we wonder where He is in all of this. God, can you hear me?

The moment where my 25 year old newlywed friend is sitting with her husband this morning as he starts his first chemo session for inoperable stomach cancer. They found out they are expecting their first baby on the same day the diagnosis fell into their world. Married less than a year.


The friend who should be celebrating her son’s 10th birthday today, is instead morning the little boy he never grew into.


Loss of another friend’s husband to cancer.


Pages could be filled with those heart breaks of this life. The ones that aren’t fair and don’t make sense. How do we wrap our minds around them? How do we reconcile suffering with a loving God?

And I’m not sure I can really explain it. Or totally understand it. Not really. But I know that God loves each of us. Loves us so much to be tortured to death. And yet, somedays I can’t even wrap my mind around that. But love, I know it. I’ve seen it.

Each of us has been given a piece of a puzzle. Rounded areas and sharp corners, fitting only where God designs. An image imprinted without enough information to see what is truly there.

We know our puzzle piece was created,  unique and precious by the maker.  We touch the cardboard piece, run our fingers over the colored pixels, but we can’t see the whole image and that makes us uncomfortable. Anxious. Where do I fit into this big picture?

Connections in life place a few more pieces together. A line or two appear in the puzzle and we know we have to trust that someday the puzzle as a whole will be revealed. We have to trust that the Creator knows the plans for how the pieces will fit, connect, and complete.


Like the cardboard backing of the puzzle. It’s the base, the foundation. Without it, we can’t get through the painful kick you in the teeth moments.

The Creator who knows the number of hairs on your head, surely He knows how this plays out. Even in this. He still has you cupped in the palm of His hand. We need only trust Him, when we cannot understand.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31




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  1. Bless you for this post Mel. Thank you for this.
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  2. I really needed this reminder today…. Thank you! 🙂

  3. This is the first time that I have stumbled upon your site. I have had a multitude of struggles lately. I had even let them get in the way of some of my ministries. I have recently been reminded that my God was there all along. And I have started writing again. Your post here just added to my strength and comfort. Thank You.

  4. I am reminded today and this post is a confirmation, Mel of how God has called us to walk by faith and not sight-Trusting His goodness and ability to DO good in our lives regardless of what we see before the effects of His goodness are manifest in our lives.

  5. Hi! Yes, it’s very sad to see all the pain in the world, in our friends and in our family, and even in our selfs! And and sometimes it’s not easy to trust in God, it has happened to me. But then as the time has gone by, I’ve seen that He has been there for me, and with me all the time! And it is true, in this world we will find some not-so-pretty things, but He has conquered the world! And no mater how low our faith gets, He will still be there for us. And will still love us!

    You have a nice blog!! 🙂

  6. What bigger dream can you have than that? He sees the future. He knows whom those kids will become. He knows the transformation that happens in my heart as I serve them as a mom and servant. And His dream is for me to trust Him in the path He sets me on.

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