“Where is God when bad things happen?”
“How can I ever get over this?”
“Will I ever be whole again?”
I asked these kinds of questions over a decade ago, when I went through a period of my life I now refer to as the Jobette years. (Because I felt like a female version of Job from the Bible.) Each day stormy waves tossed me about, while I cowered in confusion. Buffeted with tough news, fresh tragedy, or another trauma. Physical. Financial. Relational. Spiritual. Every aspect of my life was hit with adversity, and before I could recover from the last blow, a new problem blindsided me. The tsunami kept coming, until I felt like I would sink in the darkness of ocean deep valleys, surrounded by raw, ongoing pain.
When it first started, there were things I wanted to know from God.
“Am I being punished?”
“Are you mad at me?”
“Do you hate me?”
“What do you want me to do?”
Like Job from the Bible, in the midst of my grief, I was trying to figure out the why behind what I was going through. Each time I read Job’s story, I saw fresh insights, new encouragements, increased reasons for hope.
Like Job, I felt alone in my grief. Alone in my wondering. Alone in my post-trauma stress. I felt forsaken, and powerless to do anything about it.
Today, I know I was never alone. I realize God hadn’t abandoned me, He was taking me on a Wilderness Walk. Getting me off to Himself so He could teach me, guide, me, and love me without interruption.
Though I wish there was another way for my life to be transformed, I learned many powerful truths during my Jobette season. Lessons that provided strength, wisdom, and endurance to help me get through any tough time. I don’t fear as much as I did in the past. Anxiety is not an enemy I battle daily. Grief does not paralyze me. I am a victor — no longer a victim. I am a messenger — no longer a mess. I am healed — no longer hurting.
Where is God when bad things happen? Right beside us. Walking with us. Carrying us through things we’ll never get over. It’s up to us to grab His hand.
Have you gotten through a hard season and learned to smile again?
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Brooks motivates others to dynamic break-throughs. Blending mind, heart, and spirit, as an Inspirational Business/Life Coach, International Speaker, and award-winning Author. Her latest book, released through Barbour Publishing, is Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over.
Anita is also author of First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, released by Leafwood Publishing, Death Defied-Life Defined: A Miracle Man’s Memoir, and contributor to The Change Book Series. Her titles are available at all major bookstores, Amazon, plus other online retailers.
She is also host of the Fresh Faith Inspirations podcast. In all she does, Anita fulfills her mission to help 21st century women and men make fresh starts with fresh faith by sharing what she’s learned through experience, interviews, and research.
She’s energized by overcoming adversity, work with integrity, healthy relationships, identity issues, and abundant living. Anita inspires audiences all over the world to believe as she does — in business, as in life and love, it’s never too late!
Anita’s favorite pastime is watching sunsets with her husband of 30 years, while they laugh and dip their toes in the water. Her favorite passion is inspiring others to take life’s battles, and transform them into victories.
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