17After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill; his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. 18She then said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to cause the death of my son!” 19But he said to her, “Give me your son.” He took him from her bosom, carried him up into the upper chamber where he was lodging, and laid him on his own bed. 20He cried out to the Lord, “O Lord my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I am staying, by killing her son?” 21Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried out to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this child’s life come into him again.” 22The Lord listened to the voice of Elijah; the life of the child came into him again, and he revived. 23Elijah took the child, brought him down from the upper chamber into the house, and gave him to his mother; then Elijah said, “See, your son is alive.” 24So the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.” (1 Kings 17:17-24, NRSV)
When bad things happen we want to blame God. But here is the twist, God didn’t cause bad things to happen, they happen. God doesn’t always step in and change things either.
When bad things happen, we can be upset with God, because God is big enough to take our anger, our frustration. Being mad at God is still a relationship, indifference to God means there is no relationship.
The thing we see in this story and we have to remember is that God is always with us. With the widow’s son God is there through Elijah, with us God is with us through family and friends.
Remember God is always with you, and you can be mad, frustrated, upset with God. God can take, and it won’t make God go away.