Life goes up and down and you probably have questions for God about things that don't make sense right now. But He knows you and knows what you need and He is always helping you, even if it doesn't seem that way.

One person who has gone through these tests is Musa (Moses) from the Children of Israel

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He came across a man named Al-Khadir, whom God bestowed a special knowledge.

So Musa asked him if he could follow him and learn. (The Cave: 66)

But Al-Khadir did some very peculiar things, like...

1. Al-Khadir took one of the planks (in the boat) and removed it

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Naturally, Musa apprehensively said "These people gave us a ride free of charge, yet you sabotaged their boat so that its people will drown? Indeed you have done a dreadful thing."

2. Then they left and found a bunch of boys playing and

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Al-Khidr took a life.

So Musa objected, "Have you killed an innocent person who killed no one! Surely you have done a horrendous thing!"

3. Finally they came to a town that did not show them any hospitality, and surprisingly,

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Al-Khidr did an actual good thing by not letting a wall fall on the people.

So Musa suggested, "We arrived at these people, they did not treat us as guests nor feed us. If you wished, surely you could have taken wages for it!"

Al-Khidr finally told him why he did all these things.

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"As for the ship, it belonged to poor people working at sea. So I intended to cause defect in it as there was after them a king who seized every [good] ship by force.

And as for the boy, his parents were believers, and we feared that he would overburden them by transgression and disbelief. So we intended that their Lord should substitute for them one better than him in purity and nearer to mercy.

And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the city, and there was beneath it a treasure for them, and their father had been righteous. So your Lord intended that they reach maturity and extract their treasure, as a mercy from your Lord. And I did it not of my own accord. That is the interpretation of that about which you could not have patience." (The Cave: 82)

Sometimes, God gives us things we never asked for or takes things away that we love. But in the end, He loves us and knows what's best for us. One day, the things we've gone through will make sense to us, so keep going and out your trust in God.

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"My Lord, I seek refuge in You from asking that of which I have no knowledge. And unless You forgive me and have mercy upon me, I will be among the losers." (Hud: 47)