God, Where Are You?
But, oh, how few believe it! Who will listen? To whom will God reveal his saving power? In God's eyes he was like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in dry and sterile ground. But in our eyes there was no attractiveness at all, nothing to make us want him. We despised him and rejected him - a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised and we didn't care.
Yet it was our grief he bore, our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, for his own sins! But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed - and we were healed! Isaiah 53: 1-5 (TLB) Note: Isaiah was referring to Jesus - one of the old testament prophesies.
"God, where are you?" Dean Gammons, from North Carolina,was 22 when he first asked this question. A horrific car crash had left him with a ten percent chance of survival, yet miraculously he is still here. Now in his sixties, he is finding it easier to see God's work in his life.
Dean grew up in a Christian household, made a profession of faith at age 12, and has been a Christian since. When he was young, Dean mistakenly believed that being Christian should give him protection from suffering. Many new Christians do. But this is simply not true. It was not true for Christ, nor is it true for his followers.
Looking at his life that has included multiple surgeries and physical maladies, an onlooker might mistakenly assume that God was far removed from him . But that would be a mistake. Dean saw God's hand at work when surgeons changed their minds at the last minute, when treatment plans were altered, and when surgery revealed results dramatically different from x-rays. God was present in the support of friends and family who prayed and offered words of encouragement. God was there all along.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, hear our cry. We pray that you will surround the oppressed, the downtrodden, and those sick in body and spirit with your comfort and your love, in Jesus' name. Amen.