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Answers to the age-old questions

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Why, the age old question.

At a very early age, "why?" becomes a part of our vocabulary. Inquisitive and trying to understand the world around us, we ask, we seek, we explore, we want answers. It's how we learn, how we satisfy our curiosity. As children we are why boxes. Why can't I have candy? Why is it raining? Why is the sky blue? Why does my stomach hurt?

As parents we answer as best we can. My baby dolls used this word a lot. There were lots of times I had to seek other methods to answer the why. I just didn't hold that knowledge in my databank. During their exploration, in times of uncertainty, there was always a small, precious hand in mine. Just making sure that if they needed me, I was there. The security of a strong hand, a loving parent, a safe place, always there, always available, always looking out for them; of that, they were certain. After a tumble while trying to walk, a spill on the tricycle, or traveling to an unfamiliar place, my precious children would be wrapped in my arms or perched safely on my lap. It was there that their world was a safe place. And aren't we still seeking that safe, secure place?

As we grow the "whys?" become more and more complicated. Why did my best friend say ugly things about me? Why do people make fun of other people? Why did their family break apart? Why did my dog have to die? Why is Grandma so sick? Tough questions, head scratchers, the ones we struggle to answer. And so we pray for wisdom, which God gives without withholding, and answer as best we can.

Then the ultimate, the question of all questions: Why do bad things happen to good people?

The question; asked, studied, contemplated. The answer; difficult to grasp. At times in my life, through the tears of loss, I have looked heavenward and cried, "Why?" And as always, this was the right direction to look for answers. Just as our children look into our faces for answers, for comfort, for ease from the pain, we must look to the face of our Heavenly Father. All answers lie heavenward.

His word tells us of the collapse of the tower that caused the death of innocent people. His teaching; "Death can come upon anyone, regardless of how righteous for sinful they are..." He then stresses the need for all to be ready.

We can only find comfort in the presence of our Savior, our Heavenly Father. As we feel the pain of our children, He feels our pain. As we grieve the losses of this world, He understands. As our loved ones leave for home, He rejoices for His heavenly gain. Knowing us before we were born, knitting us together in the womb, now the welcome home. Our minds set on "Home", we can better see the big picture; taking the sting out of death, and looking forward to eternal paradise. "Why?" loses its power. We find our spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind through Him. We find our answers looking into His face, hanging on His words, believing and trusting His promises. We find our peace that passes understanding and a yearning for the homeland.

Sweet comfort, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight."

Please cherish the ones God has given you, shower them with love, be gracious, share hugs, your time, and your attention. But above all things, give them Jesus! It is the most important relationship of life. Tell of His majesty, His love, His saving grace, His eternal home. We hope to be there when our time here is past. Isn't that what it's all about? So get on the God bus, enjoy the journey and pull as many people on as you can!

May our Gracious Loving Father lift your spirit to soar like the eagle! May your paths be straight and level! May your journey be filled with love, laughter and joy.

Find a way today to get some cardiovascular exercise. If you can't get out, turn on some music and dance around the house, your heart will thank you. Lift some weights for added strength, your muscles will thank you!

Watch a funny movie, laughter is great medicine.

Think on the positives! Refuse the negatives.

Live Happy! Live Strong! Live out Loud!

Jennifer Jarrell
Jennifer Jarrell is a resident of Bedford County, a realtor, and a life coach and personal trainer. She inspires others through motivational speaking, nutritional, physical, and spiritual coaching, camps and group classes. You can reach her at 931-703-0667 or jjarrell@realtracs.com.