Why Bad Things Happen


“Why do bad things happen?” I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard that question asked a time or two.
Growing up by the beach with countless hurricanes, thunderstorms, and tropical storms, I always knew one thing; after every storm, comes a rainbow.

A bright, beautiful reminder that God is here, and his promises are good.

young woman with arms spread out with the mountains in the background wearing a sweatshirt and shorts smiling

Genesis 9:16 “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

After devastation comes indescribable beauty that we could never imagine. From a community coming together after a hurricane or a pandemic, to making new friends after moving to a new place.

But it takes time. It’s not instant.

It takes time for communities to re-build after a hurricane. It will take time for a country, a world, to become “normal” again after a pandemic. It will take time to develop deep meaningful friendships when you move to a new place or town. You may only see beauty in the hopefulness that everything will be okay. But someday, in time, you will see the big picture God had in store for you.

You will see the whole rainbow even though you can only see a portion of it now.

young woman on her wedding day wearing a veil and a white wedding dress looking down at the ground with trees in the background
photo by April Danielle Photo

So, why do bad things happen? I can’t answer that question. But I believe that God uses the good and the bad for his goodness, even when we can’t see it. And the picture he will paint for you, using the bad and good in your life, will be more beautiful than anything you could ever imagine.

Friend, let me know if this spoke out to you. I’m here for you during the bad and the good. Follow along on instagram for more!

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