A few years ago, I was at a banquet at which a cousin of mine was the keynote speaker. She gave each of us a frog like the one pictured to the right and informed us that the frog was to remind us of the acroynm F.R.O.G. which stood for "Fully Rely On God".
As she continued her presentation, I knew that my cousin knew exactly what she was talking about. Until about a year earlier, my cousin was living what seemed to be an idyllic life. She was married to a wonderful, generous, godly man who provided well for his family. They lived in a lovely home that they had renovated. They had four beautiful, intelligent and talented children who were doing well also. He was planning to retire soon at age 59. Life was good.
This was not to say they never had any challenges. We all do. Both of his parents had passed away. She had lost not one but two nephews in separate fatal accidents. There were the normal ups and downs that we all experience from time to time. That is a part of life.
He rushed home from a business trip because his first grandchild had been born and he was eager to see her. He got to hold her in his arms. He and his wife decided to stay in the room with the baby while their daughter took a bit of a break but before she left, tradgedy stuck. As he was standing there chatting, the unthinkable happened. An aortic aneurysm ruptured right there in his daughter's hospital room. He didn't make it through surgery.
It is a question that has been asked through the ages. Why God?
Why do bad things happen to good people? Why did God allow this to happen? Why now? Why didn't God stop it. Why didn't He intervene? He did in the case of others, why not now? Why? Why? Why?
All of these questions are normal and in fact, I believe they must be asked albeit they may not be answered, at least not in the manner in which we expect.
We can become trapped by our questions going round and round or we can choose to fully rely on God each and every day. Is it easy? No but it is the only way to truly live.