Why isn’t God always there when we need?
A few weekends ago, I led a retreat for the RCIA I teach, and one young lady posed this question: “Why isn’t God always there when we need it?”
I was struck by this question because it came from a place of hurt and loneliness. At some point in her life, this young lady had felt that God wasn’t there with her, comforting her during a time of struggle. She couldn’t see how God was always with her because God did not respond in the way she imagined.
Our Gospel reading for today challenges us to trust and see that God accompanies us. Christ responded to the royal official’s plea, saying, “Go; your son will live;” and the royal official trusted those words enough to return home. Even so, the official was still surprised by his son’s healing. Though he trusted in the Lord, the way in which Christ was at work in his life was unexpected.
Sometimes, it is only after looking back on a difficult journey that we can recognize God’s action in specific moments. We can bring a situation to prayer and even trust that God will answer us, but we still don’t recognize how God’s hands are molding our lives in the moment. It is only in hindsight that we see how God was speaking to us—perhaps an insightful conversation with a friend or a seemingly coincidental encounter with a supportive mentor helped us experience the healing presence of Christ.
When we see the world through eyes of faith, we are able to believe in God’s constant loving presence, just as this father and his household did.
Prayer for Today
God our Father, the healing power of your Son was made manifest through signs and wonders during his earthly ministry. Open our eyes to the ways of grace at work among us in these Lenten days. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.