James, who was often anxious to press questions, asked Jesus this: “Teacher, if God loves us, why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?”
They were together at a busy market in a large town. For this reason, Jesus did not answer until they were alone on the road.
“James,” he said, “this life is like the pains of birth.”
“How is this?” James asked.
Jesus continued, “When a woman is in travail, she can think of nothing else. But after the child is born, she rejoices.”
James thought this too simple an answer but said nothing.
Jesus knew his disciple well. He said, “In this life the mind is often filled with its experience of suffering. But God’s spirit is greater than what is felt.”
“What do you mean?”
“I mean that you are more than this world.”
James told his brother John, “We are God.”
Copyright 2013 George Lowell Tollefson