How can a faithful and merciful God allow suffering? Surely this is a reasonable question. Especially when the unexpected awful hits us or someone so close to our heart. This question further rages when the very young suffer. I doubt my words will change the miserable grip of overwhelming sorrow or doubt that rocks even the core of your faith. However, I pray that for those who suffer can dry their eyes for a moment and possibly see tribulation through another lens. Truth, which is an infinite component of God’s love for us, is not a pair of rose-colored glasses but rather a gift of deep, consoling peace. Truth will not change the situation but the way you see and engage distress will. God’s love by nature is diffusive and seeps into everything we do and sense. God’s will can do nothing but good and His love is all encompassing. His love is our truest form of mercy. Whether His love leads us in joy or a trial of sorrow, we must embrace His inexhaustible mercy. The ‘reasonable’ question of why we suffer is simply answered as a work of love beyond our capacity to reason. For those God sees as worthy grapes thrown into the press of suffering ravageing our very mind, body, and soul – fear not. God’s is truly near and His gaze never leaves us. Tears are never wasted where faith endures. Know that wine from your suffering is the very work of love that others will drink so as to lift their gaze to God.
Heavy is the fruit that hangs from the vine,
That glisten with dew in the rising sun,
Beautiful red clusters begin their blush,
Harvest for many has now begun.
Worthy are the grapes He chooses to crush,
For only the choicest of fruit will be made into wine.
By Chris Clody 5/4/14