One more mass shooting, one more hurricane and we are crying, “God, where are you?” These are not just setbacks. These are not merely bumps in the road. These are full-blown, world altering tragedies bringing devastation to property and personal lives.
As we’ve so sadly witnessed recently on so many fronts that life can turn in a second, unannounced. One doctor’s diagnosis, one storm, one missed red light, one frantic phone call, or one beat of the heart.
Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day living that we take our life for granted. We fall into the trap of thinking that this human condition is forever.
Our lives consist of a collage of all these precious TEMPORARY years, days and minutes that we are on this earth – for better or worse.
Often it takes the jolt of a tragedy to look to God for meaning. We need to remind ourselves that God is with us, and speaking to us through ANY situation. When the world seems to fall apart and the bottom drops out of our lives, we need to see past the ugliness and through the pain to the ultimate reality of things – which is – despite all appearances, God is still in charge, still cares, still has the power to make all things right, and still intends to do just that – in good time!
What enables us to see all that so clearly when disaster has struck so hard? Faith!
Even in the thick of turmoil, the Shared Presence of God can be felt. One phone call, one friend, one act of patience, one donation of time or money, one thoughtful gesture, one encouraging comment, one idea or one leap of faith can move us in a new direction.
So let’s share this powerful gift, both on good days and bad. Let’s share this steadfast compassionate presence. Our strength, our goodness and our willingness to continue walking at the side of our friend can in time, become the strength and goodness of our friend.
May we never give up on each other, and never give up on God!
“Life is temporary, but Love is eternal.” – Bomi Jolly
Remember that everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.