Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And, surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Are you going through a dark night of the soul? Wondering with all your heart and mind where God is in the midst of the mess that is your life? Asking why, why, why when you strive to do the right thing, but nothing goes right?
Have you ever raised your fist toward heaven and shouted to God, "It isn't fair!"?
I don't think there is a one of us out there who hasn't experienced such feelings at some point in our lives. It's one of the pitfalls of being, well, human! And, in our human frailty, forgetting, momentarily, Jesus' promise to be with us through thick and thin, to the very end of the age is par for the course.
In my third novel of The Glade Series, The Moment of Truth, ten-year-old Davy asks Reverend, the Great Horned owl formerly known as Wise One, why life isn't fair. The boy's anger stems from what the owl has told him about the carelessness and callousness of people when it comes to understanding the sacred nature of this world God created and called "good." As Davy's sensitivities are being awakened to God's presence, he longs to know the reason why bad things happen to good people. Here is their exchange:
"It's not fair," the boy said indignantly.
"Life is not fair, lad, never has been and never will be."
"Why doesn't God just step in and fix the wrongs? Isn't He big and powerful enough?"
Reverend was momentarily taken aback. He took Davy by the shoulders with his wings and gazed with utmost seriousness into the boy's eyes.
"Don't ever doubt for one moment, my dear boy, that God can accomplish any thing and everything at any time and in any place. He so loved mankind that He granted them free wills; to do anything else would have made them only puppets to be manipulated at a whimsy. God longs for relationship and that must be sought out by men for it to be real and true and meaningful. Anything less would mean tyranny and slavery, neither of which have anything to do with our Creator. The evils of this world are not God's doing. He came to let us know that He would be by our side no matter where we are or what may be happening to us. In good times and in bad, even amidst the chaos of evil we may find ourselves in, He is there to love, to comfort, and encourage us to stay focused on the unconditional love only He can provide."
What is your take on Reverend's explanation? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.
Will you pray with me?
Thank You, Father, for creating us in Your image, for giving us free will, and the ability to be in relationship with You. When life seems unfair, help us to remember that You are right there with us, working all things for good to those who believe in You. Amen.