During one of the worship sessions at the retreat I was attending there was a time of "getting right with God". I can't remember what song was playing during this time but what I do remember is what God spoke into my heart.
God: Are we going to talk about this? It's time to let it go, Amy. You've been angry with me long enough.
Me: I know. I was hoping you hadn't noticed. It's been in the way of us, hasn't it? I just don't understand. You could have protected them. They didn't have to lose all they could have been. You could have saved them from the hurt.
God: I am protecting them.
Me: But why did you let the sin in this world hurt them? It's not right. They didn't have any part in it and they suffered because of it.
God: "I know the plans I have for them. Plans to prosper them and not to harm them, plans to give them hope and a future."
Me: I believe that, Lord. I really do. I just hate the sin so much.
God: Did you forget? You are angry with me for letting sin hurt the innocent, yet YOUR SIN IS PART OF THAT TOO.
Me: Oh Lord, I did forget. I'm so sorry. Please forgive me. It's just so much easier to blame others than to look at myself.
God: I know you want to see justice. I will vindicate the orphan and the oppressed. I promise.
Me: I'm hanging onto that, Lord. Thank you.
God: There's one more thing I want you to remember.
Me: (deep breath)
God: When I went to the cross and died for your sin, I died for them too. Even the ones who hurt the innocent. I love them all.
I sat in that chair and cried so many tears that had been waiting for years to be shed. I felt like I had just climbed up into the lap of God and was being rocked like a baby. There was a huge weight on me I didn't even know was there until it was gone. It was SO HEAVY. I've been all about comforting and healing my girls and I forgot to let God do that for me. I had let my anger get in the way.
I don't know that I will ever understand why God allows bad thing to happen. Not fully. There are moments when I doubt and wonder "why Lord?" when I think about the loss of Savannah. Why did You give her birth mother the courage to give her away for a better life and then allow her to die? Toby & I, our kids, none of us understand totally why we didn't get to bring her home to us. The truth is that she is living a fuller life than any of us in heaven and when we get there we will too.
I learned a new song that spoke to the hurt I had been carrying. This part of it especially:
And You are good, God
For You are good to me
And when I don't understandFor me it's as simple and as hard as that. To choose Him. To choose love. Especially when I don't understand.
I will choose You
And when I don't understand
I will choose to love You, God
(Here is the full version of I Breathe You In by Katie and Bryan Torwalt if you'd like to hear the whole song.)