Why Me?

Author: Dr. Donna Robinson
December 20, 2018

Have you ever experienced financial hardship, bankruptcy, severe illness, abuse, unemployment, eviction, hunger, abandonment, broken relationships, an unplanned divorce, depression/anxiety, or absence of a support system?  At some point in life you may have gone through one or more of these trials. I know; I have. Whether it is an isolated circumstance or compounded with one incident creating a domino affect of many to follow, it is never a welcomed event and certainly not planned.

When my trials began, I used to ask God, “Why me?” I figured I lived a good life, did the right things, and treated people right, so why the punishment? I did not understand why I had to go through my trials. That answer became more apparent as I helped more and more women through my homeless ministry. You see God needed me to experience what homeless clients go through on a daily basis. He needed me to change how I viewed my trials so they could become my testimony. Many homeless are not much different from you or me, except that they have yet to make it to the other side of their trial. Having gone through my experience, I can understand what others are going through and I can better support them as they go through the same. As I looked back on my experiences, I learned that God’s purpose was far greater than what was before my eyes.

Jesus walked the earth to experience the same trials, temptations, and disappointments we endure. He felt rejection, persecution, sadness, nad abandonment. On the cross, He cried out, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? ‘Which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” (Mark 16: 34).  While Jesus did not want to endure suffering he knew it was for a greater good. He prayed, “Please take this cup of suffering from me. Yet, I want your will, not mine.” (Mark 14: 36). Are we willing to accept what God sends or allows to occur in our lives, knowing He has a greater purpose? Are we turning our trials into testimonies, in order to help others?

Winter Haven Emergency Shelter for homeless women and children is happening in Sligo’s Youth Chapel through December 30th. What better time to encourage others who share in the trials you endured. You may still be going through your trial and by helping or giving to others it brings healing to your soul. If you would like to volunteer, cook a meal or make a donation contact Dr. Donna Robinson at (240) 888-6775 or donna.robinson@houseofdivineguidance.org.

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