Dear Lord, where are you when it hurts like crazy? Are you thinking of bringing the people together while the millions are dying? Or are you opening their spiritual eyes so they may see beyond what meet the eyes? Calamities and tragedies like these have been happening time and again- tragedies that are mourned personally at the privacy of ones homes or tragedies that the media projects to the world.
A rabbi by the name of Harold Kushner has written a book called- When Bad Things Happen to Good People. In this book, Kushner expresses that God’s educational purposes when he brings a tragedy upon someone never outweighs the loss in a family. The teachings that the parents are to be more careful henceforth, and people should grow in their spiritual journey do not outweigh the loss of a child. This resonates with my own story. My family lost a daughter in her heydays of life. It just seems so unnatural that a mother should experience her daughter’s death in her lifetime. The scar never seems to be callous. In fact, the scar is fresh that only may get some relief in her deathbed. In his book, Kushner thus concludes that God may not the all-powerful God.
The recent calamity in Haiti has awakened such a question again. A quarter of the Haitian population has been affected by this 7.0 magnitude earthquake. It’s been the center of global attention. Similar question as above arise again: Should these calamities befall upon us so that all peoples of the world may come together, and work as a team temporarily putting aside their differences?! Personally, this is a difficult question for me and it is one for many great thinkers and intellects alike. My family has coped with the tragedy in our unique ways. There was spiritual spurt in my case. My mother found her eternal joy and strength in Jesus. And the rest of my family members seem to have their own mechanisms of overcoming that loss. I will not take pride that my mother and myself seem to be doing much better than the others in my family, although it seems to be true.
I, hence, would like throw out this question to you. What questions arise in your own sphere of belief and how do you cope with these tragedies?