Recently, a storm with tropical winds and rain tore through the east coast and spawned havoc in several cities. Millions of people have been affected. Numerous individuals still suffer from the aftermath of the disaster.
People are brokenhearted. Homes have been destroyed, and dwellings left standing in need of repair. In addition, folks are still without power.
The circumstances that have befallen parts of the country in the path of the hurricane bring sadness to us all. Many people, for various reasons can only offer prayers, but we all care and long to be able to reach out and help.
Often I’m asked. “Why do things like this happen? Why does God let bad things happen to good people?”
First, my personal thoughts are that God doesn’t let bad things happen. They are part of this world we live in, only through believing can we see the light that’s offered. God never turns his back on anyone. Some situations come about because an individual doesn’t pursue the path that God would choose for them. It’s similar to our relationship with our children. As they grow up we want to keep them away from harm, but sometimes a younger person will choose to go somewhere or do something that we warned them against. At those times, all we can do is pray. Other instances, such as the natural disaster we recently experienced aren’t something we control, but we must endure.
In the end, all I know is what God’s word says, “rain falls on the just and the unjust" (Found in Matthew five). We all have to tolerate the world’s trouble.
Yes, bad things happen to good people-none of us are immune. The difference is how we react. Mankind can’t escape those conditions, but we can overcome. The saying “power of positive thinking” is so true. Keeping a clear head and looking toward a better day will certainly help someone climb out of misfortune. After all, they’re much to gain, nothing to lose by forging ahead. For a person that has faith and belief in the Lord, the prospect of a happy future is always there.
I look back over the years and remember the times when I didn’t walk with God and faced trials. Those days seemed dark; just finding courage to keep going. Now though, I have faith. I don’t claim to understand it all, but I know that by walking with God, I will overcome. The bad things of this world can’t overpower anyone, as long as they stay strong-rooted in the knowledge that something better lies ahead. One of my favorite sayings is, “a door is never shut, without God opening a window.” For me, the Serenity Prayer has always offered hope and a booster shot for my fleshly doubts.
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen.