Does everything have a reason? In light of the recent horror perpetrated in Boston, many close to the scene are still reeling from the shock. Somehow distance seems to provide a certain paradigm with which we view things, tragic things in particular. If you were there on the street within sight or sound of the bombs going off, your perspective is different from, say, someone 3 streets over, and again different for someone one state over.
Like ripples from a stone dropped in still water the effects grow less perceptible the further you go from the point of impact. New York, for me in 2001, living in Massachusetts, ripped at my emotions like nothing previously had. Now… Boston in my own backyard seems, if you will forgive my honesty, less so. Oh, it is tragic, horrible, gut wrenching, and I didn’t have anyone I knew directly impacted by the blast. But, I wonder if the frequency of the incidents, along with our hyper-connected world has anesthetized me in some ways. I do care deeply for the pain, loss, and needless suffering that others are going through, but somehow I almost feel like I don’t care enough.
Balance, I believe is important when processing these events, both in the how and the why. If we should go too far in the other direction we could very well end up walking around in fear of every nuance of danger. Faith comes into play here for me as well. I suppose we could pose the question: “Does God control all things?” I think yes…and no. What I mean is God created this Earth, he set it’s axis, he placed the sun and the moon and stars in their respective places… so then why would “He” leave His most important creation, namely us, to happenstance? I don’t believe this goes against the argument for free will either. Yes we have free will and we have consequences , good and bad in bringing that free will to fruition. That being said, I don’t necessarily think God micro-manages His creation, but, I do think because He is God that: 1) He has all knowledge and therefore He can and did make design decisions based on that knowledge, and 2) He has the ability and at times the desire to intervene into his creation for purposes known and unknown.
I say all this because it is my bedrock… I am not a sadist who has this… yes please hurt me I deserve it attitude, neither am I someone who thinks every moment has to be a teachable one… but they probably are anyway. I am saying that I believe in my God and my faith allows me to weather the storms if for no other reason than, I have been given this faith trusting that my Father Loves me not with a worldly fickle temporal love, but a transcendent love that has no limit so that regardless of what happens, I am safe with Him.
How do you wade through these catastrophic events?