God works in mysterious ways.
Sitting outside in my side yard just a little while ago, it occurred to me how very blessed I am and how I tend to take that for granted. I was thinking about the seismic tornados of Oklahoma these past few days. Devastation. Lives up-ended. Lives lost. Children scarred forever. Old people with no mementos of a long life. I could only count my lucky stars. That, but by the grace of God so far, could have been me and my friends and my family.
What do I do with these feelings? I'm not one to rush to the scene. I'm not terribly handy. I feel like I would be in the way. I pray. I can send money. I can prepare for the day when something like these whirlwinds may change everything.
OpposingViews.com posted a story about how Pat Robertson blamed the victims for their plight. "Robertson said the tornadoes may not have happened if enough victims had prayed: “If enough people were praying He would’ve intervened, you could pray, Jesus stilled the storm, you can still storms." Perhaps God would have intervened. Perhaps that is not what God does. That is not a question I would presume to try to answer. God does indeed work in myterious ways. From my point of view, my belief is that God is always there. S*** happens. That is the way of the Universe. But God never abandons us. His creation simply goes on, evolving and changing...and sometimes causing its imhabitants great pain and sorrow.
But through it all, we have each other...and God...to rely on. When all is said and done, that is Life.
So what can I do about things like the tornadoes in Oklahoma or the earthquakes in China or the building collapses in Bangledesh or the shootings in Sandy Hook? Probably very little. But I can hold them all up in prayer. I can know the Truth about them and about myself. We are all in this together and it is only together that we can finally work it out. Someday. Somehow.
For the whole article and video about Pat Robertson remarks, click here
The picture above is taken from an article from www.capitalbay.com, click here