My father was a farmer. As a little girl, I remember him leaving home for months at a time to travel to the USA to work. On his return home, he would cultivate his land and plant his own crops; corns, potatoes, yams, bananas, and fruits. My dad was a good farmer, he knew for his harvest to be bountiful, he needed a combination of sun and rain.
The rain was necessary to hydrate the soil thus giving nutrients to the crop. The sun also provided nutrients and energy allowing healthy growth. Both elements working together to serve, in the end, the same purpose.
Now, I have to tell you, I'm a summer gal. I love the warmth; winter, not so much. So when the weather starts to cool down, I'm not so accepting of it. But regardless of whether I like it or not, both the summer and winter seasons are important and necessary.
Would you agree this is also true in respect to our experiences in life with joy and pain. Can we live out our purpose without both? We don't really question God when things are going great. We just accept it for what it is. But as soon as things take a downward turn, we start asking "why me?" and "why God, why?" Don't tell me you've never done that; sadly, I admit I have.
No one likes trials. They can be uncomfortable, painful, traumatic, overwhelming and all consuming. Some of us have certainly experienced our share of pain and life does not always seem fair. Remember though, God did not promise life would be easy. Quite the opposite. In John 16:33 He tells us "... in the world you will have troubles ... "
But because of His love and compassion for us, He promises in Isaiah 43:2 "when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you... "
Also in Isaiah 41:13 "...I am the Lord your God...do not fear, I will help you."
I believe the heart of God breaks when we walk through painful times. But because there is purpose in the pain, He allows it even though we may not always understand the why. Back in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed before His betrayal "Father, if you are willing take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done." Luke 22:42
What if God in that moment had said to Jesus "Ok Son...You have had enough, so no more." Who would have been the sacrificial lamb for us?!!! God knew the purpose of the cross and Jesus' willingness to endure the greatest pain, produced the most powerful expression of love EVER!!! Aren't you glad He endured for us? I know I am!