Written & Published by Lolita Buck
Where is God in the midst of tragedy, while the tsunami's of life are tearing us apart? This is a question I've asked myself time & time again. But interestingly enough I already know the answer. So i guess this is a bit of a rhetorical question. He's right there as it all unfolds & he's divinely orchestrating a plan of restoration. Although in the moment it doesn't seem apparent, at least not to the naked eye.
I'm sure that same question crossed your mind this past week as we witnessed yet again another senseless school shooting. Innocent lives snuffed out, over pure foolishness. Sure I could easily tackle subjects like mental illness or gun laws as they relate to the issue at hand. But instead I'll focus on a God that promises beauty for ashes. A God who assures us that he will substitute joy for our pain & sorrow.
"And he will provide for those who grieve in Zion to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor."
I know many are asking why? Why would God allow this to happen in the first place? I can't tell you the why of the matter. All I can offer you is hope for tomorrow, knowing that in due time & season it will get better.
Realistically speaking no one expects the victims or their families to be rejoicing or praising God right now. (Or even those of us who mourn on the sidelines) I can't even imagine that God himself would require that. I know it says in his word "in everything to give thanks". I think that'll happen eventually, but grief is a real thing & it simply takes time to heal. I would even go so far as to say that some may even be expressing anger & resentment towards God at this present time. That's okay too, this is a natural normal response. It is only when we become spiritually mature that we no longer lash out at God. But even if we do, it's no biggie HE GETS IT.
Life is definitely a roller coaster ride of sorts & we all have our moments. God knows I've had my fair share. But God is Sovereign, he has the ultimate power! And trust me he's well equipped to handle tragedy as well as our broken hearts. Honestly speaking, I don't think we overcome devastation & tragedy by understanding him, we overcome it by trusting him. Trusting his process & clinging to the promise he gives us in his word that he will never leave us or forsake us.
"Be strong & courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
So for those of you who are ready & willing to take him at his word he's waiting with open arms. Simply hand him your ashes, so that the beauty in your life can begin to blossom.
As you go forward in your daily journey I extend love & peace to each of you. I pray that you find your "it" and you OWN IT. That the chains of this world be broken off of you & that you walk in the light that God intended you to walk in.
With dedication & servitude