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Have you ever asked where God was when bad things happen? I asked this question when I lost a child to an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy. I’ve heard it asked when we’re faced with any kind of tragedy. When we get a diagnosis of cancer. When our children are hurt. When unfair things keep befalling us.
I’ll be the first to tell you I don’t have all the answers. Bad things happen in this world. We live in a world of a sin and there is pain here. Does God want to cause us pain? Absolutely not, but we live in a fallen world and we do go through pain.
But the beautiful thing about our Savior is He can take a hopeless horrible situation, and if we give it to Him, He can redeem it into something good. He can create beauty and life from black and gray ashes.
For the past two years I’ve been part of a county wide non-denomination group of women called Woman Hand in Hand. It’s a group of women who bring two Christian events to our area of the world. This past year, they felt led to plan an event in Darrington (one of the towns devastated by the Oso mudslide) for this April.
Plans fell into place and doors were opened to have LeAnne Hart, a Christian country music and inspirational speaker, come to share in Darrington. The name of the event, “Hope Inspires.”
This might not seem like a big deal, but in light of what happened with the mudslide, it is a very big deal. God knew Darrington women would desperately need a message of hope after this tragedy. And He began planning it months ahead of time.
When I look back on all of the hard things in my life, I know God was right there beside me. And out of every single one, He has brought something good.
If you’re grieving or in the midst of pain, know He is there with you. He loves you and He feels your hurt.
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.