Does God not hear my prayers or does he just get it wrong?
With the raging wildfires devastating the west coast and the hurricane rainstorms destroying the east coast, I thought perhaps God got things a little mixed up.
I’ve been praying for all those rain-filled clouds in the east to help relieve the burning acreage in the west. This would solve a lot of our problems.
So how come all these disasters are happening? Why is God allowing these terrible things to happen to good families? Why is God destroying this beautiful earth with all these natural catastrophes? Why all this suffering in spite of all our prayers?
I remember Saint Mother Teresa’s response to adversity, even with humor, “I know God would not give me anything that I can’t handle, but I wish he didn’t trust me so much!”
Facing afflictions of all kinds, even with a twinkle in her eye, Mother Teresa could endure the tragic circumstances and somehow know that God was there for her and that things would work out in the end. We call that FAITH!
I’m also reminded of an adage that I rely on: “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” Sometimes the world does look like it’s falling apart. And in some cases it is. Now at this time we need to hang on to HOPE!
How do we get through this? With the heroic responses of our fellow human beings, we are surviving these upheavals and hardships. Televised rescues and neighbors reaching out helping each other, are a testament to the world that coming together is the only way that man survives. This is CHARITY in motion!
Yes, God does answer every prayer with one of three responses: “Yes”, “Not Yet”, or “I have something better in mind.”
Sometimes we forget about these old-fashioned virtues, but as our hearts and minds cannot fully understand the “whys” of the ills of our world, let us develop a strong FAITH, a never-ending HOPE, and an all-inclusive CHARITY, today and every day.