God, Make it Stop

Have you ever wanted God to make it all stop? Did you just want a little relief in the midst of the chaos and pain?

I believe so many people have been in that very situation, pleading with God to just make it stop. Maybe allow a reprieve that you feel so desperate for. Even though He’s always listening to our prayers, sometimes He doesn’t answer them the way we want Him to or in our timing.

Let’s just take year 2020 for example. Every single month has brought something different to this household of ours. Just when I think we’re in the clear for the next month…bam. There it is again. Nothing we can control. It’s just there. Hitting us squarely in the forehead and seemingly ruining our lives (or at least for that month).

Friends, what if God is intending all of this for good? What if He is allowing these painful times to come to bring us closer to Him and to our families? I’ve read many people post that they hope life doesn’t totally go back to normal because they are enjoying their time with their family. It has had a good impact on those who are healthy and needed this alone time with their family. Praise God for that!

It almost feels like 2020 is a reset of sorts. A time for us to go back to the basics and live a simpler lifestyle (preferably without masks, but that will come in due time, I hope!). Let’s hang on to these lessons and learn to embrace them rather than fight them. Would that make a difference in our lives? I believe so, but again, that’s just my opinion.

I’ve said it a million times through these posts that God is in control. He knows exactly what’s happening and why. He knows when all of this is going to end, and He know who will stick with Him and who are angry at Him at the moment. The great thing is that He can handle it all…He can handle all of our emotions. Even the angry ones.

That doesn’t mean we don’t want all of it to stop. At least I do. I’d like to not have to run back to my car after forgetting a mask. I don’t like having to hurry through shopping. I don’t like that our kids may be feeling the effects of all of this. I can only be encouraging when they are frustrated and remind them why we are Christians: we follow Christ. If this is where Christ wants us, then we best obey. Obedience is powerful and necessary to walk through life with Jesus.

There are many more examples I could give, but I won’t do that right now. I just wanted you to know that we’re not all alone in this global pandemic. This isolations and quarantines seem to make us feel alone, but we’re all in this together. Can we act like it? Can we check on our friends and family? Can we find some good in all of this?

One of the most popular verses in scripture is found in Romans 8:28. It states, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (NIV) Even though this might be a well-known verse to many of you, it might be a new one to some. Basically, we are to believe that even when God doesn’t stop the bad from coming, that He has a plan to work it out for the good of those who love Him. Sometimes it’s a hard pill to swallow when we just want that smooth and easy life. But where’s the growth in an easy life? Growth seems to happen while going through difficult times.

My encouragement today is to go to Him. (I say that often, as well.) He knows your pain before you even bring it to Him, but He longs for a relationship with you. He wants us to understand that even though we want it all to stop, He has a greater purpose for our pain. We need to hold fast to His promises, stay true to His Word, go to Him in prayer, and wait. (That’s the hard part for me…patience is a virtue I need to work on) He will come through.

Romans 12:12 tells us to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. (NIV) It’s not an easy task, but we can do it with God’s help.

Hold tight, friends. God’s got this!


  1. Theresa Boedeker

    He does know our pain and how he will use it to bless and prosper us and others. He can use everything, even this year to our good. I am trying to remember this, especially this year.

    • Rochelle

      I agree Theresa. He can use it all for good. I need to remember that in the midst of those situations…


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