Blog Tour: Where Was God When…?

Where Was God When…? is a book recently written by Ric Garland and Mike Calhoun. The book seeks to answer one of the most difficult questions that any Christian has to face: “why do bad things happen to good people?” The answer never comes easily, but Ric and Mike believe that all answers can be found in the Word of God. In the book, a true story is communicated with a “Where Was God When…?” question.

The book is interesting but where do I come in?

The following text is from a girl named Rachel (It is also found in Chapter 6 of the book). Word of Life asked me to keep the conversation going regarding Rachel by dishing out my thoughts on her questions. When you’re finished reading the story and my comments, I would love to hear what you think regarding Rachel and her story.

They’re calling it the storm of the century, but they said that about Katrina, too. Living in Florida all my life, you’d think I’d know more about hurricanes. All I know is that before the power went out, it was the biggest, meanest-looking storm I’d ever seen on the news.

We can’t leave. Poverty and arrogance are a deadly combination in a mandatory evacuation—too poor for the gas and too proud to ask for help. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but it certainly looks like my chances of dying are pretty high. We live in a mobile home. They were predicting two hundred mile-per-hour winds an hour ago before the power went out. Winds like that could tear our house apart.

Why would God allow something like this to happen? How can He expect me to trust Him when it seems like my world is, literally, falling apart? When God created this world, wouldn’t He know that this planet would generate storms like this? Was this storm just an accident or did He just forget about me? I wish I knew what was going to happen when the hurricane comes. Sometimes I don’t want to trust God. I just want to know what’s going to happen and have this fear of not knowing gone.

The weather is a funny thing. It’s interesting that we talk about the weather more than anything else in the world. We ask questions like, “How’s the weather there?” or, “What will it be like outside today? I need to know what to wear!” or even, “Isn’t this some crazy weather we are having?”.  The one thing I find comical regarding the conversations about weather is that God rarely comes to the surface as we talk.  What’s the deal? God is, after all, the creator of our environments, our planet, and our weather systems.  So, where is God when the weather gets rough?

It’s important to note that there are things in this world that are beyond our control. God, being just and perfect in his creation, has given us a lack of control in certain areas (like the weather) for a few reasons.

1. Losing Control Build Better Faith: At creation it was God design that man wouldn’t control everything.  God knew that there would be areas in life that man would have to give over to God and have faith the He was in control. It may be hard to believe but contrary to popular option, you cannot have it all.  Therefore, in situations out of our control (much like being caught in a deadly storm) the knee jerk reaction is to take the focus off God and who He is and place it on ourselves and what we need in that moment.  However, God doesn’t always work in our time or move right when we want Him to.  In our state of losing control we must remember that God is allowing this to happen for a reason.  His purpose does not have to be explained to us at that moment.  What God expects from us in times of trouble is to have faith.  Faith that He is in control.  Faith that He is working this circumstance as He desires.  Faith that the storm is according to His plan and faith that His glory is being revealed.

2. Losing Control Forces Trust: Look at all the biblical examples of God controlling the weather.

*Source: Christian Answers Network

The data posted above all lead back to one important point; The people were forced to trust God regardless of areas outside (the weather) of their control.  God knew from the start that the weather would be both a help and a hinderance to life.  However, what we must remember is that God never forgot about anyone in these situations.  What He did was work the situation out for His ultimate glory.  Therefore, the question is, “When you find yourself losing control of areas in your life, such as the weather, what are you placing your trust in?  Do you trust God that He will provide and tend to your needs?  Do you believe that the God of the universe is sovereign, caring, and kind even though the storm is coming?  Do you trust that He will use this storm to work in a multitude of areas?”.

So what are we saying?

Listen, the reality of the situation is a tough one.  While it may be easy to type a response on a laptop computer while sipping Starbucks, it is another thing to put these principles into practice while the storm is, literally, raging around you.  I can’t explain the weather.  Regardless of my lack of meteorology skills, I know that when I go to bed at night I put my faith in the fact that my soul is at rest in the arms of the Savior who died on the cross for my sin.  While a multitude of disasters could strike at anytime around me, I know that there are circumstances outside of my control that I must trust God is controlling.  Sometimes I don’t want to trust God is in control but i have to because it is an example of my faith in Him.  I must give Him control constantly to work in every situation.  I know I have to give up control and trust Him alone because it’s His mercy and grace that He continues to pour out in my life time and time again, regardless of how bad the storm rages around me.

BONUS: There is a great song by Phil Wickham called “Safe”.  Music moves me to understand God in ways I never could while calming my anxious heart.  You can read the all the lyrics here but the chorus is simple.  It states, “You will be safe in His arms.
You will be safe in His arms.  Because the hands that hold the world are holding your heart. This is the promise He made. He will be with You always. When everything is falling apart. You will be safe in His arms.”

What do you think?

-jordan

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2 Responses to “Blog Tour: Where Was God When…?”


  1. 1 RayDeck3 June 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Wow, Jordan. Great post. I think we are often afraid to deal with realities like this one. Thank you for writing this.

  2. 2 mike calhoun June 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Jordan, thanks for being a part of this project and for the great Biblical insights on suffering. It is obvious you have dealt with this in your student ministry…I appreciate your candor. Mike Calhoun


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