For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

We cannot control God, and we cannot second-guess him, as much as we’d
like to try. Our God has plans and purposes that are far beyond our

Sometimes those plans and purposes break our hearts.

Sometimes they require sacrifices we never agreed to make.

Sometimes they stop us dead in our tracks, turn us upside down, inside
out, and paralyze us with pain.

But his comfort is not far behind. And as we climb up into his lap and
weep into his chest, he whispers in our ear, “Shhh. It’s okay. I did it
for a reason, and some day I’ll tell you what it is.” He strokes our
hair and hugs us tight, and cries with us …

Our whys are not answered, but we trust that there is a reason. God is
in control, and he loves us through our pain.

-Terrri Blackstock