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Where Is God When Things Don’t Work Out?

There are headaches and there are heartaches. We are fine with grabbing two white pills for our head, but what do we do when our heart hurts? What do we do when the floor drops out and we feel alone?


There was a ride at the fair that I used to love. It was a big cylinder that you climb in and stand against the wall to be spun faster and faster until your body pressed against the wall and the floor would drop out beneath you. Yet you would remain there, plastered to the wall, held there by centrifugal force amazed at the magic happening around you.

In life, we don’t always see the magic. There is no ride and when the floor drops out we fall — hard.

A marriage ends.

Your loved one dies.

The job is gone.

Your baby is sick.

I wish I could say things always work out, I really do. Things don’t always work out, and sometimes there is no Hallmark card or Bible verse that feels like it will fix it.

The bumps in life, the potholes and the sinkholes they feel like they can swallow us up. We fight the fall. We rage against the struggle. But maybe the fall isn’t the worst thing. Maybe it’s ok to fall if we fall into the arms of Jesus.


Call out. Cry out. Scream real and loud. Weep silent and long. Whatever you need to do, you can do it with Jesus. Nothing you go through can shake Him. Nothing surprises Him.

He is the rock beneath the floor that falls out.

He is walking beside you up that mountain you feel you can’t climb.

He is the embrace when you feel you are being swallowed whole.

When things start looking bad, when they start going wrong, we forget who He is. Just because things don’t work out doesn’t mean God isn’t at work.

I can’t pretend to know what you are facing today, friend. But I can tell you that you never have to face it alone.

When you can’t get out of the pit, Jesus climbs down to get you. He holds your broken pieces until they begin to heal back together.

You only have to let Him.

What are you facing today that feels hard?

Let’s remind one another of where He is in those places.


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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

11 Replies

  1. Hi Becky,
    There are no easy answers when life takes an unexpected turn but I love what you said about God still being at work, even when it seems that things aren’t working out. That is a truth to hold on to!

    1. Becky Hastings

      It can be so hard to remember, but it can make a world of difference!

  2. Amen, Becky! That image will stick with me when I feel like I’m falling- right into His arms. Thank you!

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s the best place to fall 🙂

  3. Becky, I know I have had times when I asked the hard questions! But I’m happy the reaches us no matter how deep the pit of life becomes.
    It’s good to join you here again Becky😘

    1. Becky Hastings

      I think (and this is not a quote from the Bible), but I think God loves our questions. He tells us to come to Him like little children. We’re so busy trying to grow up we forget the value in the questions: why? I don’t understand? Will you help me? I think He loves our questions. 🙂

  4. Just yesterday, I lived through an experience I hope I never have to repeat. I prayed through it, but then afterward, I cried out to God, “Why did you leave me alone in this?!” I know He never left me alone and His plan is perfect. I might not understand, this side of Heaven, the reason He allowed me to endure that suffering, but I know He is my rock and He will never leave me alone. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Tina, I am genuinely sorry for whatever you faced, and that you felt alone. I pray that God makes His presence known to you in this and as you walk forward. Never alone, friend. Never alone.

  5. I have a friend experiencing this right now, and I tend to be at a loss of how best to be there for her. But being reminded that Jesus is there, and knows. It’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m certain your friend appreciates you, even if all you are is present. Knowing Jesus walks with both of you makes it all a little easier 🙂

  6. This is beautiful, Becky. I have chosen your post as my feature this week. Be sure to stop by and get your button.
    Keep writing!!

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