Things happen because we make choices. It’s called free will. God did not make a plan for us and say this is what you will do with your time here on earth. He said here’s my plan for you. You can follow it or don’t. We have to make that decision. He doesn’t make it for us. So no everything doesn’t happen for a reason. Things happen because we make choices and then we pay the consequences, whether good or bad consequences. Here is a picture of what I think life looks like from an aerial view. The blue is God’s will and way. His perfect and best path for our lives. The purple is the choices we make that leads us off of his path.
Yes, I literally just drew this with a scrap of paper. It’s very professional, I know. You might say I need a
little lot of help in the graphic design area. Anyway…The straight path I’m sure would be much easier to follow than one with hills and curves. So often we think we know best or just don’t spend enough time focusing on what Gods will for us is. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Trust him and he will take you on the best path possible. Life happens because of the choices we make. God can and will take those choices and always work them into something wonderful for you if you let him.