Most of the time I’ve said this in the midst of something painful, difficult, or unfair happening to me.
I don’t like it. I want it to stop. I just want to get through it, over it, past it. So I ask, or more truthfully, I yell at God, “Why me?”
Each of us has done this.
We look at the pain and frustration that we’re in at the moment and we yell, “Why me?”
Over time though and by the grace of God I’ve learned to live and be more at peace in those painful and difficult situations I don’t understand. I serve a good God who has good things for me. Why should I question His motives? (That deserves a different post in itself.)
What I am struggling with now is the opposite reason for the question, “Why me?”
Why am I the one who is being called on? Why am I the one that’s leading? Why am I the one who is having this opportunity? Why me?
Then come the internal “nots”: I’m not ready. I’m not qualified. I’m not smart enough. I’m not who they think I am.
But guess what…
So are you.
If you’re being called on, you’re the one because God says so.
The only reason that’s true is because God is good. God is gracious enough and loving enough to choose me and you to do crazy things through.
He doesn’t need us. Of course He doesn’t need us. He can do anything He wants.
But what doesn’t make sense all of the time is that He wants us.
He made us in His image. He gave us His breath and life because He wants us to be one with Him. That means we get to be the ones He chooses to use.
Why me? Why you?
Because God loves me and you. Nothing more, nothing less.
So, let’s do it. Let’s step up.
God isn’t going to fail. All we have to do is show up and do it.