Riding in the Wheelbarrow

March 10, 2009

Sometimes disappointment turns into outright heartbreak.

You “did” all the right things.  You prayed.  You clung to faith even as your world was collapsing around you.

Then, just when you thought you couldn’t take one more thing, there came a blow so devastating that your soul was shaken to the very core.

At times like these, even prayer may seem pointless.  Instead, you want to shout at God in anger, telling Him how “wrong” or “unfair” you think your situation is.

And ask Him “Why?” … even though you realize that no explanation could ever make you understand.

When we are in such a state of sadness and confusion, it’s hard to believe in the power of that  “mustard seed” faith the Bible talks about.  If faith no bigger than the size of a grain of mustard seed can move a mountain, then why did that whole “truckload” of faith you’ve been traveling in just crash and burn?

“Why did this horrible thing happen?”  is a question that has plagued mankind for probably as long as human beings have existed.  As far as I know, no one has ever come up with a satisfactory answer.  If I’m wrong about that,  please let me know. I’d love to be informed!

When from all human perspective faith has failed us, we have no choice but to move up another level  of relationship with God and trust Him.

Although faith and trust sometimes seem much the same, there is an important difference between the two.

Someone once defined it to me this way:

“Faith is believing that someone can push a wheelbarrow across a tightrope spanning Niagra Falls.

Trust, is the willingness to ride in the wheelbarrow!”

The love our Heavenly Father has for us surpasses any degree of human understanding.  Contrary to some people’s beliefs, God doesn’t take pleasure in human suffering of any kind.  You’ll never convince me otherwise.  Rather, I believe that when we cry, He feels our pain.  When our hearts break, so does His.

So, back to the age old question of “Why”?   Sorry!  I still don’t know the answer.

But I do know there will inevitably be times when we will experience loss, sadness, pain, and grief.  No human being is ever completely spared from those things.  Even Jesus Christ himself was subjected to such during his time here on earth.  Why then, would we expect to be exempt?

Thankfully, God has been gracious enough to provide us with a vehicle for getting us through seasons of great sorrow.  When bad things happen, He wants us to turn to Him.  He wants us to trust, even when we do not understand why.

Don’t stop at faith alone and proclaim that you believe God is in control of your destiny.  Be willing to get in the “wheelbarrow” and know that He alone is able to get you to the other side of even the widest and deepest of heartbreaks!


Becky Taylor 3-9-09


One Response to “Riding in the Wheelbarrow”

  1. Dave Meyer Says:

    Hi Becky,

    Your words and thoughts are beautiful in expressing the pain and confusion that you are feeling. But none of us can understand what He does. I’ve learned long ago not to question why God does what he does, but to accept it as being beyond my comprehension, but in line with his greater plan.

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