A friend of mine is walking through a breaking marriage.
Another friend, a miscarriage.
Drug abuse in their family
The death of a spouse
Financial strain or lost jobs
And I'm sitting here trying to absorb it all and find myself wondering where the mathematical answers have gone. I'm tired of asking the why questions and would much rather settle for the calculated, plain, to the point, predictable, simple answers. Isn't that a heartbeat for some of us lately? We long for easy solutions to relational issues. We want our parenting to be easier and simpler. We want to know exactly how to navigate death, loss, pain, hurt, and all of the other complex emotions we have. If I were in a class on life situations and it was just about learning a series of inputs and formulas, I wouldn't ask any of my "why" questions. I'm worn out and content with the simple answers.
But I'm beginning to believe that the complexity of our human experience is rich with opportunities to grow, expand ourselves, deepen our relationships, and in my case, deepen my understanding of faith.