It’s the 14th anniversary of the worst day of my generation. It’s the 14th anniversary of the day the twin towers came down and the Pentagon was hit and the heroes kept the plane in Pennsylvania from taking out another target. When it happened, I heard people say it was our generation’s Pearl Harbor. And I wrestle with the fact that I believe in a God that could have prevented it. I know many people don’t believe and for them it’s just a situation of bad people doing bad things – AKA “stuff happens”.
I remember asking my pastor one time if he ever thought that Christians give God all the credit (glory) for the good things that happen and don’t blame Him for the bad things that happen. I could make the Biblical argument that the previous sentence is a true representation of this world. All good comes from God and all bad is a result of sin. But I still can’t reconcile the bad events with the idea that God could have done something to change the outcome. Except to say that He allows the consequences of our free will, which is exactly what happened on 9/11. Some whackos decided to fly planes full of people into buildings and the consequences were devastating.
Yet, other times, things don’t appear to be a result of our bad choices. Our community is doing a great thing collecting money for a young girl who has a serious health issue. The family is taking the girl to Disney and God laid it on the heart of one of their friends to collect money so the young person can eat and buy whatever she wants while they’re there. It’s going to be more than enough to pay for their incidentals at Disney. They will use the extra for expenses that they will incur as they deal with her illness.
And this morning I sent a message to the person who organized the social media gift to the family. I said, “I give God the glory for what you’re doing even as I question His ways.” And that’s where I’m at in my walk with this holy and loving God that I worship. Some people may be at the point that they give Him the glory and don’t question anything. I don’t know that I’ll ever get there in this life. And at this point in my life, I’m trying to be content with that. And if that’s where you find yourself today, with faith and questions, I pray that you are encouraged to know that you’re not alone in your struggle.