This week, Annalise asked from the backseat as we waited in line at the bank: Why do we feel pain?
My mind started going back to high school anatomy — to nerve endings and ganglia — but as I started to answer she asked, but why does God let us feel pain?
Well. That’s altogether different. We talked about how pain is actually for our protection, how it makes us pull our hand back instead of letting it burn on a hot stove, and that seemed enough answer for now.
But so often, that answer’s not enough. It’s difficult to reconcile — a good God and a suffering world. And unable to grasp it fully, some can turn from the One veiled from our eyes because of the suffering we can see all around us.