Today's Terrific Tuesday guest is Victor Moubarak who writes at Time for Reflections which he describes as a little Christian whisper in the vast expanse which is the World Wide Web.
Victor has written a Christian fiction book "Visions" about the apparition of Christ in a small English town, featuring the amiable Father Ignatius. His Blog consists of short stories featuring Father Ignatius, as well as short articles to help us reflect on our Christian Faith. You can learn more about the book and Fr Ignatius on Victor's Blog.
Here's an article he has written especially for us to help us in our reflections:
WHEN THINGS GO WRONG
The world is frequently in turmoil; earthquakes, floods, droughts, famines and wars are often on our TV screens. As well as many more localised tragedies that occur near us, to us or to our loved ones; such as disasters, accidents, sudden serious illnesses and so on.
The usual knee-jerk reaction is to blame God. "Why did He let this happen? Does He not care?" are words often uttered or cross our minds when things go wrong.
I believe that God allows bad things to happen. He does not make them happen.
God allows these things to happen to serve His own purpose in His own time and in His own way. We really do not know why He allows them to happen; but we must trust Him. Difficult as it may be under the circumstances; we must trust Him.
When bad things happen, it is important to remember that God is still in control.
He is not hiding behind the sofa whimpering and trembling in fear.
He knows what has happened, how it affects people close to the event, and even people far away and totally detached from it. He never loses control of the situation.
Our reaction to these events is therefore vital. Our human nature will take over and all our emotions will come to the fore - shock, fear, denial, anger and so on.
However, when we have calmed down a little, we should turn to God and praise and thank Him.
"What did you just say? Praise Him?"
We are praising and thanking Him for still being in control of the situation - not because He allowed the bad thing to happen.
Our praise acknowledges His supreme power over the whole universe. We are in effect saying that we accept that He allowed the bad things to happen, yet we still trust Him, and trust that His will be done.
So let's Praise Him always - through gritted teeth even!
When we acknowledge, in such terrible situations, that His will is still paramount; we open a channel, in certain circumstances, for God to turn the situation to the good.
I have seen this happen several times.
Good will result from any bad situation as we praise God and acknowledge His will above all else.
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