Orlando June 2016
As I write this, there have been three tragedies in Orlando, Florida this week…
1. Singer, Christina Grimmie, was shot and killed by a deranged fan.
2. A terrorist shot and killed numerous people (current count 49) at a night club.
3. A two year old was dragged into the water and taken by an alligator.
As people post LGBT pride rainbow flags, in honor of the victims at the night club, we need to remember that there are many things going on in Orlando and we should be praying for the city of Orlando, period. Everyone.
For that matter, we should be praying for the country and the tragedies that happen nationwide.
In reality, we should be praying for everyone in the world. Tragedies and atrocities are going on somewhere in the world, as I type this. Unfortunately, in these times, cruel humans, violent animals, and natural disasters abound.
With all the terrible things happening in the world, many people are asking that age old question, “How can a loving God allow this to happen?”
Sometimes I try to figure that out. I remember that God works everything out for our good for those that believe. (Romans 8:28) I remember He has a plan for us. (Jeremiah 29:11) I know that trials give us the opportunity to grow our faith. (James 1:3) I believe we can trust in His promises. (Psalm 145:13) So, I try to determine, on my own, what are the possible good outcomes from this tragedy. Believe it or not, I can usually come up with some possibilities; but of course, I have no idea what the big picture plan is, which still leaves me wondering.
Whether I choose to dwell on the tragedy, or all the possibilities of good that could come from it, the reality is that dwelling on it won’t change it. It happened. We may not know how (or we may) and we certainly may not know why, but it happened. The question is, how do we go on from this point?
Some people will rant and rave, protest, call for action, take to social media to let their opinions be heard (write a blog – grin). I happen to think our reactions will be a show of our faith, or lack thereof.
Some of us will question God and turn from Him. Others will question Him and turn to Him.
I am thankful that I believe in God and His son, Jesus Christ, who has called me into His circle of friends. My faith allows me to trust that “God’s got this” whatever “this” is. This trust allows me to hold on to hope. Hope of an eternity rejoicing with those believers who have gone before me. This reminds me of the end of Joshua 24:15 – “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
For those of you who are not big on Bible verses, I apologize. It’s where my thoughts are today. Regardless of the verses, the topic is an important one. Some of us will question God and turn from Him. Others will question Him and turn to Him.
Which choice will you make?
*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, in the Raleigh area.*