Lord, are you there? I remember asking that question as a child. Are You there? Are You real, or a figment of my imagination? When I was about ten or eleven years old, I saw a dead body. I had never seen a dead body before. She was in her early to mid twenties, we were told. And her body had been dumped over a bridge not very far from our house. We didn’t know her; had never seen her before. I later heard she was from the southern part of the island, had also been killed there. That image of her lying at the foot of that bridge will forever be seared in my brain (and now yours too, sorry about that). But I remember thinking, “You could have stopped it from happening, Lord. Why didn’t You? Where were You, Lord?”
Perhaps in light of what happened this past Valentine’s Day (oh the irony!), you may have asked the same question.
First off, one thing I had to know (and you do too) is that God is sovereign, which means God has the full right and power to do what He wants, without any influence or say so from anyone, outside of Himself. In other words, God does not answer to you and me, (I believe that comes with being God). He is the Creator; we are the created (very, very big difference).
Secondly, I had to dismiss the thought that I am better than God in any way. The questions imply that I am kinder, more loving, more compassionate, more sympathetic, which is ridiculous.
Then I had to understand that the questions also imply that I am better than others. That ‘I would never do something like that!” Which again isn’t true, perhaps the situation just hasn’t presented yet (and I pray never will) itself. I also had to understand the magnitude of sin, and the battle that goes on between God and Satan for the very souls of man. Sin is a real thing, ladies and gentlemen, that permeates the very fiber of our being. And sin comes with consequences; consequences we cannot control.
We come into the world, doing the will of Satan, UNTIL we accept the free gift of salvation. The only thing that can set us free from sin’s hold is the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was freely shed for us. My heart aches for the families of those killed and injured at the school in Florida. Let’s keep them in prayer.
This was not at all, the post I intended to publish today, but I could not, NOT post this one (get it?). Please dear one, do not think for a moment that our Lord has abdicated His Throne. He knows, He sees, He understands, He loves, He gives far more than we ever can. Trust Him, He knows what He is doing!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have taken the time to follow the blog. I am humbled by your comments and likes on the posts. May the Lord be honored on this adventure.
Have a blessed day and remember: God’s love is unfailing, unwavering and unconditional! Do you believe that?