I have a hard time believing that God is real. If God is really in charge and he is really good then why am I suffering and why is there so much misery in the world? These are questions I ask myself everyday (seriously, several times per day).
But if the fullness of light and good is to exist it only makes sense in the context of the fullness of darkness and evil. If things were always good and everyone always got what they wanted then we would all walk around self absorbed and greedy. It takes the potential for loss and grief to keep us grounded and to know what we value and why. Likewise if everything was miserable all the time then we wouldn’t know the difference, we would suffer and hurt but not have reason to hope for more.
The truth is it isn’t necessarily suffering that makes me doubt. My bigger problem is my I think I know more than God.
I want to have a second baby as much as anyone wants anything. We are good parents, healthy and have a great family, it doesn’t make sense, why would God keep this blessing from us? There are wonderful families that I pray for daily whose children have fatal diseases, why would God let this happen?
But as much as I think I know, I don’t really. I can’t see the past or the future. Perhaps the heartache of infertility will make me the exact sort of mom that my daughter needs. Perhaps another pregnancy would lead to health complications and not allow me to raise the daughter that I have?
Yet I stand before God and stamp my feet and say “Please let me have what I want, why won’t you let me?”
I pray like Bloom says, with passion and eagerness not because my heart is stirred for God himself, but because I desire to get my way in the world.
Taking a step back, this scenario feels familiar. I remember Zenie this morning wailing, crying, stomping because she wanted milk in a pink cup not a purple one.
I’m not so different when I come before God with my demands and pleas.
“I am the door,” Jesus says. Bloom adds “. . .-before you knock at the door, you must realize that you are outside.” I am realizing that to pray isn’t to list off the things that God already knows that I want, but to recognize that I need God.