When tragedy strikes, what do you do? What do you do?
My heart is aching today for family and friends of three high-school children who lost their lives in a tragic insident where the floor above their heads caved in. The school day had just started. It's Friday and everyone was excited. Then, out of nowhere, at a place where they were supposed to prepare for the rest of their lives, two boys and a girl lost their lives abruptly.
What do we, as children of the living God, say to people who look to us for answers? I don't know if I have the right words. All I know, is that even in this, He can be found.
I can understand if some of those children's friends and family now have a bone to pick with God. I would have. Yet, we know that our Father in Heaven is crying for us and with us in this time. Jesus wept when His friend, Lazarus, died.
We won't be able to answer questions like "Why?" because it's not a question of why, but rather, "What happened?"
Ironically, the very next two verses that follow on the previous one I quoted in yesterday's post, read as follows: "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Rom 8:38-39 (NKJV)
In a fallen world, where mistakes are made and people choose not to do proper building inspections, or things deteriorate and one day just cave in, tragedy will happen. It's not God's fault. But God wants to be there with you in your time of sorrow. The Holy Spirit is called our Helper, Counsellor and Friend. Call on Him in this time. Let Him ease the pain.
My prayers are with you all.