We’ve all experienced those moments in life that leave us searching for answers. Some unexpected good came to us, without explanation, without reason, and without any strings attached. But we tend to quickly get over those moments, though, because the moments that really perplex and trouble us are the unpleasant, unwanted experiences. When we are confronted with tragedies and heartbreak, we mentally and emotionally scramble, looking to make sense out of an unexpected moment of chaos. Even though those moments strike us emotionally, we are still creatures of reason and hope to find comfort in receiving an answer to our questions of “why.”

I am not convinced that in this life, though, we will be able to make sense out of all such moments and experiences. I recognize that I have more to learn, so maybe before I finish my days on this earth I will have a different understanding. But for the present, I believe that there are some things beyond our grasp. There are too many things beyond our perception, and that leaves us with an incomplete understanding of all that we encounterJuly 14 in life.

But there is a truth that we can grasp, and a reality that we can understand: God has a purpose for our lives that is greater than any unexplained moment we encounter. This Sunday at Liberty Hill I’ll be talking about how God’s purpose encompasses the events of our lives, leading us to find hope even when we don’t find answers. Join us at 10:30 AM as we consider the question, “Does It All Happen for a Reason?”, and maybe together we can find both comfort and confidence in a world that leaves us with questions.

Grace Received,                                                                                          Joe Payne