Asking the Right Questions

“When life hands you lemons make lemonade.”

I hate that saying. There’s truth in it, but it comes off shallow.

Of course it’s meant to encourage people when times are tough, but what about people that don’t like lemonade? What are they supposed to do?

Difficult times are sure to come no matter who you are. The question is how do you get through? How will cope with when times are tough?

When I was in journalism school (8th grade, one class and I wrote for the school paper) they taught us to ask the five W’s and an H.

When writing news articles we were instructed to answer the Who, What, When, Where, Why & How of the event.

If we answered those questions we’d create an informative piece readers would understand.

Likewise, asking the rights question when facing difficulty is of the upmost importance. It helps us come to terms with what’s happening.

I believe there is one question that rises above all others when it comes to difficulty. It’s tempting to ask other questions, but I’m not sure they’re the right question to ask.

Why is this happening?

Great and understandable question, but not sure it’s the best question to ask.

What am I supposed to do?

Yes. Heartfelt question for sure. Not sure this answer will bring great comfort.

When will it stop?

I wish I knew the answer to this one. It would make tough times much easier.

Where can I go to escape this pain?

I’m not sure we consciously ask this, however most of us try to escape.

How am going to manage / get through this?

Yes. Close. Still not the ideal question.

I believe the following question is the most critical question to ask when we are going through hell.

In whom is my hope & trust? Who am I trusting with my future? Who holds my future?

For me Jesus is the answer. Knowing that all of my hope and trust is in Him brings me comfort and strength.

I am blessed to have others with me as well, but ultimately He is the one I depend on.

I am confident He will see me through. I am confident He is with me. I am confident He will never leave.

Trust is active word.

Trust is:

Faith in who He is and what He’s called me to do.

Believing He has my best interest in mind.

Hoping that He will work out His plan.

Expectation that he will see me through.

Reliance upon Christ’s promises.

Confidence that His perspective is better than mine.

Dependence on Jesus’ finished work on the Cross.

Will trust in Jesus and asking the right questions keep me from going through difficulty?

No.

But it sure helps knowing my trust is in the only one who can see me through.

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