I loved this post. For weeks, I’ve been searching for the words to express exactly what she said.
Terrible things shock us because most of our moments and days are spent under the lavish beauty of God’s blessing.
Most days, we eat.
Most days, we find a reason to smile.
Most days, we enjoy at least partial health.
Many of us have families. Many of us have friends.
Everyone experiences SOMETHNG beautiful each day – the warmth of the sun, the smell of grass, children’s voices, the march of an ant.
We come to expect the blessing. The gifts of God become status quo for us. We do not marvel at the way our bodies obey our minds, forming movement and speech and sensation. We are not amazed when the sun again rises, or the tide rolls in, or when the wind blows against our skin. Even the click of a keyboard and the scratch of papers turning should cause us to give thanks for the gifts of hearing and working and living with abilities from the Creator.
God lavishes gifts on us to show us who He is and how He loves. But like spoiled rich children, we shrug off the undeserved gifts as if they are our right. And when trials come, we tantrum like entitled brats. As if we – little dust people – had EARNED the adoration and unending blessing of an eternal God. As if our finite minds can understand His plan and His love. And as if the incredible promises of Heaven, Eternity, and future forever-wholeness are cheap and not quite enough.
And so I love this post. “If there is a good and caring God, then why is there so much evil, pain, and suffering?” It is the wrong question. We are focusing on the anomaly. Instead we should ask:
Why do most people have functioning bodies and minds?
Why is nature so beautiful?
Why does science continue to reveal more of the amazing and complex and breath-taking?
BECAUSE there is a good and caring God who lavishes us with His gifts. He is teaching us His love and His nature each moment of each blessed day.
And what of evil, sickness, and suffering? I don’t know… who can fully understand the infinite mind of God? I know He has equipped us to help the needy. And I do trust this: He always has a plan. He always has a reason. And He is always right and good and Love. I don’t want to waste my enjoyment of each blessing on anger for the anomalous bad.