It has been a while since I have felt that feeling of “having to” write. I am not sure what it is. You know, that thought that gets you out of bed in the middle of the night? The one that you can’t go back to sleep until you write it down and then find yourself still writing way past dawn? Well, it hasn’t happened for a while now. But this morning I was reading a comment from a post I posted today on this day in 2013 (5 years ago!)  and it inspired me to come in here and try to write something.

I’ve had a rather sucky time lately. Just really sad. I try to snap out of it but I have all of these questions running through my head. Maybe it is because when my mom died recently, I don’t think I really grieved. I’m not sure I know how to anymore. When my dad died, I cried for weeks. And then as other loved ones followed,  it all just made me feel, I don’t know. Numb. Maybe because my dad died of a heart attack, I wasn’t prepared and all of the others were sick and it was a relief to have them not struggle in pain anymore. But numb about covers it. I haven’t really been able to really cry for a long time. Even when we lost our store in the 2003 earthquake, I never really cried.

And then the recent California fires happened. It was all so devastating. After losing our store, I never look at devastation like that in the same way. Your world just stops, while life goes on around you. People are still joking and shopping and eating out, when you don’t know what your next step will be.  I know the feeling all too well. And then in Montecito, the people who didn’t lose their houses in the fire, lost them in the mudslides.

My poor husband just sat there one morning as I had a total meltdown and let me have it. Maybe I just needed to cry for all of the things that I hadn’t cried for when I should have. And just used this latest sad thing as my melting pot. But I began almost hysterically questioning  him why God didn’t stop the fires, or why He didn’t make it rain when the fires were happening, or why He made it rain so hard when it did rain?!! All metaphoric because there really is no good answer.

Though, I remember a day when we stood in the middle of the street, looking at the devastation on the block where our store once stood minutes earlier with Christmas trees twinkling in the window and customers packed inside just the day before, while my daughter clung to me sobbing asking “Why God made this happen?” I don’t remember my answer, but she does. She said that I said, “He saved us. He didn’t make it happen.” He did save us. Though the two women in the store next to us both lost their lives. It still is a mystery to me. Why not us? Why did they have to die?

I guess I will never know His ways until I can ask Him. But it scares me that I even have these questions. It’s not the kind of thing that people admit. You know… doubting. So I have asked God to speak to me. And it has kind of been amazing. So many things have come up about why bad things happen to good people. To children, and little innocent babies, and slowly I am hearing Him. Not really understanding, but I know He uses us even in our doubt to be a blessing to others and Glorify Him.

I know, I know, all of the right things to say… We live in a broken world. Bad things happen. Period. He could stop those things from happening, and He does. Sometimes. I know, because He has answered a lot of my prayers.  God does not want us to be His puppets.  Why create something that does not have any choice but to love you? That is not love. Love is a choice. He wants us to choose Him. He showed us love by sending His only son to die for us so that we can live with Him forever. This place is just temporary. So temporary. We are just renting these earth dwelling things called bodies. I AM actually understanding that more and more as so many of my loved ones have left this earth.

When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. He cried. Even though He knew that He was going to bring him back, Jesus wept because He could feel the family’s pain. I think that tells us a lot. Though Jesus could have been there to save him so Lazarus wouldn’t die, He wasn’t. Perhaps to give us this message today. Jesus cares what we are going through. Illness, death, devastation. Lets face it… life is hard. Divorce, accidents, catastrophes, financial struggles, relationship disappointments, they all matter to Him. But this world is our school. A place of lessons, some really hard ones sometimes.

The other day, I was telling a friend about my meltdown. And she said she knew of my faith and she was glad I was questioning things. I am still not sure what she meant. But I felt really bothered by it. And felt that I was not representing God in the way that I felt I should. And then I realized that I have always felt that I have never represented Him in the way that I should. And hopefully will never feel that I have arrived. I may never be the believer that I want to be. The one who gets to hear “Well done good and faithful servant.” Though that is my biggest prayer. And still… Everyday I  feel the need to fall down on my face and worship Him. To understand that He loves me so much that when I ask for Him to speak to me He does. I may never understand why He can’t just heal every sick and crippled body,  and give every homeless person a home, and make every mean person kind. So that this world would have no more wars or natural disasters. But I do believe that someday we will live in a world like that for eternity.

I loved when Jesus said  to Thomas, You are blessed because you can see Me. But blessed are the ones who don’t see Me and still believe.

So I guess I will just be sad sometimes. I will still cry when people I love die or when people I don’t know suffer. And I won’t understand a lot of it. And  I may have a few questions from time to time but that is okay. Maybe it’s good to let others see that we all have times of doubt. It’s just about trusting that all things work together for those that love God. And not letting the stupid devil dig up in doubt what  I have planted in faith!

God puzzle piece





21 thoughts on “In My Doubt…

  1. At some point I think we just have to release the pain. It is a form of honesty. And God is completely OK with our doing so. He is there for us to comfort us. It is only human to try and make sense of what happens to us. After all, God had given us a brain to reason, to search things out. I am sure he is not insulted when we do so. And he wants to be a participant in the process and to lead us. I find he so often shows me things, just like you said. We find the delightful “treasure” of truth, so often specially tailored for us.

  2. Wow, such a deep and powerful post, Diane. Reflecting on our many trials can be depressing unless we realize that God was in the midst of the trial with us. The Bible tells us that everything that can be shaken, will be shaken – “…the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken…” (Hebrews 12:27-28). (This is why I chose the name “Unshakable Hope” for my blog).
    You have experienced a lot of shaking, Diane, you’re becoming a “real” Christian, one that can truly empathize and comfort others that are being shaken. It’s ok for followers of Christ to express doubts and fears, we’re not there yet, we’re becoming. You’re okay, Diane 🙂

    1. Thank you that means so much coming from HIS warrior! If I could have 10% of the faith and faithfulness that you have! You are such an example of who I aim to be like!

  3. Firstly, I’m sorry for your loss. I lost my father a year ago January and I’m still coping with that loss. I know it’s difficult. Sadness is a natural human emotion and when we don’t react in a natural way when things happen to us those emotions come back to haunt us. Allow yourself to feel whatever you need to feel. Good for your husband for allowing you to have that moment. There’s nothing wrong with questioning the state of things either––it’s human nature. You’re a great writer, so I hope you will continue to write. ❤

    1. Ahh thank you Vashti!
      Sorry about your dad! I just read about a young couple (missionaries at our church) that have just found out that the husband had an aggressive type of cancer. And the wife said that they shed some tears but our trusting God. That comment really hit me. Faith is a beautiful thing.
      Thank you my friend for your sweet note. 💕

  4. Diane – Sorry to have missed so many of your posts, but I know the universe has reasons, so here I have read this one, and share some reflection. It’s all leading up to where you fall on your face in front of him. What does he say … “get up, my love for you is boundless, as is yours for me. As I washed the feet of my disciples, so would I wash yours, and soothe your brow”. There is no way to usurp the fact that we live in a world of duality, every day we make choices, either we listen for his voice, or we go it alone… Pause and listen for guidance whenever you get a chance, especially when you doubt. Even in what seems to be the worst of times, our tears wash the stains from our hearts, and we rise… Sending you blessings of peace and understanding. – Peter (gfs)

  5. After Kylie died, we did some grief counciling and I remember talking about doubt and anger with God. Our therapist pointed out that voicing these things is actually a form of worship because even in that we are acknowledging his sovereignty. When I say, “why did you let this happen?” I am displaying faith that He is the One who controls all things. I don’t know if that means anything to you, but it helped me.

  6. I hope you are okay now. It’s okay to grieve even if it is late. The thing is, when we have accepted a situation, we begin to heal. God’s blessings to you.

  7. You’ve been through so much, and you must be a very strong soul, because HE doesn’t given us any trials that we’re not strong enough to cope with. God doesn’t cause all these atrocities – man does, by abusing the precious gifts of free will and intelligence that HE gave us. We misuse them for our own needs of greed, lust, mistrust, anger and so on. So sad. And yet, you have come through such a lot of trials, with your faith bolstered. That’s so wonderful. Blessings and much love to you. Anita

  8. ” a good eyes filled with water cry is good for healing the heart and soul, something we all take for granted”

    ” to grieve properly is to let go correctly those who we hold dear, in order for us to move forward better and stronger”

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