How Can a Good God Allow Suffering?

Filed in Charles, Christian Walk, chronic illness, Suffering by on November 18, 2014

routine 1For my husband to live, is to suffer.

Day in and day out.

Every. single. day.

I sat with him at supper the other night, him, completely covered in towels as I fed him soup. Not able to move anything and just sit there as I sloshed soup into his mouth and I wondered, how does he do it?

He wakes up every morning with sharp pains shooting in his chest. He has to lie in bed and wait for people to put him on an overhead lift to be moved to a stretcher to start a 3 hour routine to get ready for the day.

He goes through extensive respiratory therapy with sessions of repeated suctioning and pressing on his chest with a cough assist machine.

No human is perfect but every single accidental mistake no matter how big or small by the staff members taking care of him causes him pain and often bruising.

He has to do physical therapy on his feet that are turning inward and making very painful pressure sores on the sides of his feet.

His circulation is poor and he is often extremely cold. And when he is cold, his thumb becomes stiff making it very difficult to operate his wheelchair.

These are just a few things that impact his life every single day of every single minute.

Why would anyone go through this?

Why does he go through this?

What kind of life is this? Why would it be worth living?

He does it for one reason, and one reason only. He does it all because of Christ.

I hear his sweet prayers every day that God would use his life to share the love of Christ with others.

Though some may ask how could a good God allow someone to be born into suffering such as this? My question is, how amazing of a God do we serve that could give someone who can’t walk, can’t move, or even breathe on his own a more than full life? Only God can!

Right now alone, Charles has so many things he is involved in. He is the founder and speaker of this ministry, Charles and Spring Ministries that because of his diligence is now a non-profit. He is also the vice-president of his family’s trucking company, Reed Logistics, he is the founder and president of our newest companies, Solid Rock Specialized Transport and Solid Rock Freight Systems and we are also in the process of starting a new ministry opportunity at our church, Englewood in the next couple of weeks.

Even despite all of his time limitations, he is also the greatest husband that I know. Constantly trying to be better and do better for me. He desires to be the man God wants him to be and to lead his family that way God intends for the husband to lead. He places a priority in reading the Word daily, encouraging me and helping me as well.

I don’t mention all of those things to “toot his horn” or brag on him. I tell you because there is absolutely no explanation, no other reason, no other hope that could allow him to face all that he faces each and every day except for Christ.

When Charles shares his testimony, he shares life principles that we are all faced with each and every day that still challenge me. One of these principles is that God knows better than we know and what He knows is best for us may not be what we think is best for us.

And sometimes God’s best for us involves suffering because it is through suffering that we are further conformed to the image of Christ.

Suffering sometimes doesn’t make sense. It can be difficult to understand and challenge our faith and trust in the Lord in ways that we may have not felt prepared for, expected or desired, but it may be what God knows is best for us.

I am so grateful that somehow God allowed me to join Charles in the journey. It is beyond what I could possibly ever describe as one of life’s greatest blessings and far beyond what I could have ever hoped for. I know that anyone who knows Charles, has a better understanding of what suffering is all about. And that no matter what you face, God can give you the strength and ability to make it through the journey.

Though we are definitely not perfect people, our prayer is that everyone we encounter, whether in our home with those that are with us day in and day out, the strangers we meet or the people we see as we speak that they will see Christ in us in some way.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

 

For more about Charles’ story click here.

For more information about how to have a relationship with Jesus and have the same hope Charles has through Jesus, click here.

To hear from Charles about suffering click here.

 

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  1. Dannie Napier says:

    Spring, you wrote an amazing description of a day in Charles’ life. Through it all, you both exhibit God’s grace and love. God bless you both .

  2. Nancy Akin says:

    Surely God’s amazing grace!

  3. Erin says:

    All I can say is thank you to you both for your ministry. Your words have touched my spirit deeply. I have no doubt God lead me to this site. You see my brother also had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The life you guys are living is the exact life my brother knew. I thank God he also lived his life for Christ, that he had an amazing girlfriend for the last 7 years of his life and that I was able to have him as a brother. Who he was, has made me a better person. I see my brother in you Charles. Thank you, to both of you…..your words are what I’ve been needing to hear….thank you for listening to God’s call because you are helping so many others in their walk with Christ-you’re certainly helping me. I can’t wait to read through all of your posts. I understand very well the difficult journey you are walking through-but I know, though I don’t fully understand it, the journey God took my family on, was exactly what He needed us to take. Whenever you feel the burdens of life are swallowing you, please remember me…you have inspired me to come closer to the Lord and to follow the path He’s leading me to, the path that I’ve been doubting for too long. You are touching lives…you have touched mine and I will not forget that.

    • Spring says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement and we are so thankful and humbled that God has used our story to minister to you!!