How God transforms our broken hearted whys into miracles this side of heaven. He did it for me. He’ll do it for you!
Not long ago, Dave accidentally stepped into a fence posthole at work and severely sprained his ankle. He was in a ton of pain for weeks and was black and blue from his toes up to his knee.
Isn’t that just like life? You’re going along, minding your own business, and then out of nowhere, life happens, you get soul slammed right into a pit.
Why disruption? Why disease? Why mental illness? Why addiction? Why evil? Why injustice? Why suffering? Why failed marriages? Why failed ministries? Why death? Why postholes? Why potholes? Why pits?
Is it okay for us to ask why?
King David did.
Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?
(Psalm 10:1 NKJV)
I will say to God, “Do not condemn me; Show me why you contend with me.
(Job 10:2 NKJV)
Even Jesus did when He hung on the cross.
My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
Jesus asked why because as He hung on the cross He was fully God and fully man. In His humanity, He felt the weight of our sin separate Him from His father for the first time. And He cried out, “Why?”
We ask why because we’re human. We’re wired that way. We want to reason things out. We want to make sense of nonsense. We look for cause and effect. Maybe that’s our way of attempting to control life. The reality is, we don’t have control and we may never know the why this side of heaven.
Still, go ahead and ask. Asking why is often a catalyst to healing.
Just be careful not to get stuck there.
I remember venting to a trusted friend about my son’s drug addiction. In my unguarded rant, I let the why question slip off my tongue. She very gently empathized with my plight and said, “Oh honey, are you still asking why?” I was stuck and she knew it.
After losing her husband in a tragic work accident, my friend knew firsthand, the more we ask why the longer we stay in the pit. The longer we stay in the pit, the more forsaken we feel. Or worse yet, like an inmate that spends the better part of his life in prison, the more accustomed and comfortable he gets to living on the inside versus the outside. As long as we stay in the pit, by choice or by chance, the more vulnerable we are to the enemy making us believe, there is no hope. There is no way out of the pit.
Someone wise once said, “The solution is never found in the problem.”
So why do we do it? We rubber neck our pits and our problems until traffic comes to a complete halt. We can’t take our eyes off the train wreck.
After a Jet Ski accident several years ago, I had to learn to walk again. My first few steps were frightening and awkward. I couldn’t walk without looking straight down at my leg. The therapist urged me to look up and shift my gaze about 10 feet in front of me.
She said it was common after a trauma to want to look down.
Thankfully I eventually learned to lift my head up, look forward, and trust that my leg would hold my weight. The process of moving out of the pit is a lot like learning to walk again. At some point, we have to stop focusing on the problem, shift our gaze to God, put one foot in front of the other, and start walking.
It’s time to shift.
David did. After asking why, he said,
Yet will I praise Him.
Job did. After asking why, he said,
Yet will I trust Him.
Jesus did. After asking why He said,
It is finished.
Each one of them made it out of the pit! They shifted. They moved forward. And so can we!
We can stare at our broken hearts, shattered dreams, physical disease, and injustice all day long and it won’t change a thing.
But everything changes when we shift our gaze to God.
I know what you’re thinking. I want to shift. I want to finish what I started. I’ve been trying to shift and I’m stuck. I’m tired. I’m frustrated. I’m sick of being sick. I’ve tried everything. I give up!
And if that’s your heart, you are right where God wants you to be. You are on the fast track for a miracle! Miracles this side of heaven still happen when we keep our eyes on Him and admit, I cant, He can, so Ill let Him!
Are you ready for your miracle?
A small group of Jewish believers were ready for a shift and a miracle in the book of Hebrews. Suffering unimaginable persecution, the writer of Hebrews spoke hope and truth into their deep dark pit.
Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.
(Hebrews 6:1 NKJV)
Zoom in on the phrase, ”Let us go on”. It comes from the Greek word pheromai, which means to be carried on.
Make sure you don’t miss this? Jesus will not leave us in that pit and that’s a promise! He won’t let us stay stuck. He will carry us out. He gets right in that pit with us and lifts us up to hope, healing, and spiritual maturity.
In the book of Exodus God reminds His people,
You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles? wings and brought you to myself.
(Exodus 19:4 NLT)
Shift your gaze toward God and become willing to let Him carry you out of that pit.
Lisa Harper, author and speaker, said this, “Sometimes obedience is simply not objecting to Him pulling us out of the pit.”
Let Him. Let Him pull you out of the pit. Let Him lift you from despair. Let Him liberate you from fear. Let Him free you from bondage. Let Him rid you of regret. Let go and let God carry you to the throne room of grace where we find mercy and grace and help in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
Miracles This Side of Heaven
How do you explain feeling peace in the eye of a storm? How do you explain hope in despair? How do you explain feeling six feet under yet light as a feather? How do you explain comfort in anguish? How do you explain light in the middle of darkness so thick you can cut it with a knife? How do you explain handing over your broken heart and He gets it without you even saying a word?
It’s the miracle of His presence. And nothing gets us there faster than a transformed broken hearted why. He will carry us to Himself if we let Him.
And therein lies your miracle this side of heaven.
Let Him carry you there again and again and again until He carries you safely home. Where there are no more tears. Where there are no more whys.
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