I question my faith on a daily basis. Some things I am totally stalwart in. I believe in heaven, and I believe my son is there. I am grateful for that belief, because without it I don't know how I would have coped up 'til now. I believe I will meet him there one day. I believe he is happy, becuase I believe there is no sadness in that other place. I believe he doesn't miss me, because I believe he watches me. Oh but how I wish I could watch him too...
I do not believe in "God's plan". I cannot believe that my son's death was a part of some devine plan, I don't believe my God is like that. (I also don't believe that anyone who has been through an experience anything close to this would say it is) I do believe, however, He knew it was coming. And that He chose not to prevent it.....which kinda makes Him responsible anyway no? And so, I question. Why? why, why, WHY?
Not "why me" per se...but why anybody? I have spent so much time searching for an answer that actually makes sense. And I keep coming up empty. Because there isn't one? Christian writers, speakers and bloggers generally avoid this subject. It's isn't neat and tidy. It isn't comforting, it isn't a nice little story where as Rob Bell triumphantly puts it "everybody gets saved." I am learning lots, in my quest. I am partway there. I get the argument that some bad things happen, sometimes we suffer, because we chose independence from God, and He's let us have it. Lots of terrible, tragic things happen through people's choices, and yep, to prevent them, to force a perfect world where nothing bad happened, would be to remove that choice, that free will. Forced love isn't real love. Even if that means allowing murder, cancer as a result of lifestyle choices, and accidents because somebody decided to take that journey on that day. I can give you that. I can understand that, yep, ok. But. What about tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanoes? What about the child with leukemia? What about world famine? What about the woman who does everything right in pregnancy, but still loses her baby? What about my baby's death?
None of those things are caused by anybody's choice. Ok, maybe we could really stretch it and say because we choose not to take care of the planet, tsunamis are caused by global warming...but come on. I dare you to find a choice that causes the others. I spent a whole lot of time and mental effort getting out of the mindset that Bertie's early birth, and therefore, death were caused by something I had done....my choice, directly or indirectly. I don't want to go back there, thankyou very much. I hold enough guilt in my heart. So why?
I am going to disappoint you. I don't know either. But the difference between me, and a lot of the other writers out there, I won't just put the question on the shelf for later because it's too difficult. I won't tell you I am not going to address that question but look at X, Y or Z instead.
I will never stop asking.
Did you intend for this to happen?
Was it always part of your plan?
Did you know I was to lose my son
Before his life ever really began?
Is this a lesson that I needed to learn?
Had my life been too easy, was it just my turn,
For sorrow, for heartbreak, for confusion, for doubt?
Did you want me to question you, do you want me to shout?
Because I will, I do, because I don’t understand
Why this had to happen to my little man!
I try to see the good things that may be yet to come
But I can’t see what they could be, I’ve been struck dumb.
I know that I must trust that in time I will see
Your footprints in the sand, that you’re carrying me
Ever forward on my journey, the reason I’m still here
Despite the madness, despite all the fear
I am grateful for that, that you love me enough,
To keep me believing, though the journey has been rough
I will continue on with faithfulness, and wait for hope to restart
But my hallelujah is broken, just like my heart.