This week, if you will look over to your right ------->, you will see my "About Me" box. The last sentence in that box says, "And the ultimate goal is to put a smile on your face..." My thoughts this week, sadly, will not and should not bring a smile and that pains me more than you know. If you know me at all, I am all about that "smile." That said...
On Friday evening, April 12th, as I was grilling some burgers on our first night of camping, my youngest son, Shane, the 21 year old College Student, sent me a text. It said, "Need your wisdom." My reply was, "???." He then replied with, "Why do you think bad stuff happens?" My immediate reply back was, "WTH???." He came back with, "LOL-Just in general." Finally, I responded with, "I'm cooking... Good conversation for tomorrow night." Him and his girlfriend were coming to our camp-site for dinner Saturday and to hangout for a while.
Obviously, that particular question does not have an easy answer. And over the course of the past week or so, there have been two major events in our Country that have "Rocked our World" and gained our attention. Certainly, in both instances, Shane's question is apropos. That he asked it just days prior to the aforementioned events is crazy, scratch your head, timing.
Three days following Shane's question, on April 15th, the 117th Edition of the Boston Marathon, a huge annual event that had over 27,000 participants, was hit with two explosions near the finish line, a seemingly Terrorist Attack by two men, that has thus far killed 3, including an 8 year old boy, and injured at least 170, many of them, very seriously. The two individuals responsible for the attack have since (1) been killed, and the other, apprehended. Bravo to the Boston area Law Enforcement for a "Job Well Done" by very quickly bringing closure to the case.
|The Scene shortly after the two Bombs Exploded...|
Two days later, on April 17th, a fire and, ultimately, a major explosion rocked a Fertilizer Plant in West, Texas, near Waco. So far, 14 have been killed, mostly 1st Responders, and as many as 200 were injured. Further, the blast destroyed at least 50 homes in the immediate area. It has since been reported that Owners of the plant had been storing 1,350 times the amount of Ammonium Nitrate that would normally trigger safety oversight, without notifying officials as they are required to do. In other words, the Company failed to heed "Disclosure Rules." The blast is still under investigation at this time.
|A depiction of the surrounding area, shortly after the Plant Explosion...|
So much devastation and the resulting deaths and hardships are just incomprehensible and difficult to understand. My thoughts and prayers are certainly with these families and their loved ones. I just feel so saddened by it all. The picture (not shown here) of the 8 year old little boy, standing there at the Marathon, waiting for his Dad to cross the finish line is absolutely gut-wrenching, knowing now what was about to happen. As a former Fireman, seeing Firefighters and 1st Responders killed in the "Line of Duty" certainly tugs at my heartstrings.
And so, getting back to Shane's question... "Why do you think bad stuff happens?" How does one answer that. Is there a correct answer??? Is there an answer that is acceptable to most rational thinking people??? My first reaction when I saw the text was that it is Biblical, that it dates back to sin. I asked Donna for her thoughts. She expressed that, in her opinion, it goes back to the original sin. That once sin entered into the world, bad things would and do happen. But she is also of the opinion that when bad things happen, there can be good that comes from it. Kind of like the "Silver Lining" that is often referred to when bad things have happened. Because of one's Faith, there is hope. It is an extremely difficult question to answer, I think, without getting deeply into the Bible Scriptures, which I am not going to do here. But I am convinced that the answer(s) are certainly within the Bible.
|The above quote from this Dancer is so very INSPIRING!!!|
What is in a man's heart, his very core, that he could walk through a crowd of innocent people, there to celebrate an event... men, women, and children, and drop a back-pack to the ground that contains a bomb that will surely cause death and carnage? What goes through the mind of an owner of a business that is bound by Rules of Safety and said owner blatantly ignores those rules, knowing full well that the safety of his/her employees, not to mention the future of his/her business, are at risk? I don't have answers for these two questions.
I did find an article from a Christian Perspective, written in 2011, by Jack Wellman... and in the article, one paragraph states the following:
John 6:44 reveals that “bad things” may be God’s way of drawing us to Himself. It is a fallen world. Ever since Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden of Eden, God has left man to decide for himself good and evil and the results have been catastrophic. Creation groans under the travail of sin and corruption waiting to be restored when the children of God are born to eternal life (Rom 8:22).
I found this as well on Yahoo! Answers...
No matter what happens to us, God is able to take it and use it for our good—if we let Him. Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery and told his father he was dead—but instead of being bitter or depressed, Joseph put his life into God's hands. As a result, God used him to save Egypt from famine. Later, after the brothers were reunited, Joseph told them, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good" (Genesis 50:20).
Now, that's pretty interesting stuff. Do you have any ideas??? Feel free to drop a comment below. To be honest, I'm more comfortable with trying to put a smile on your face. But Shane's question was worth exploring.
Music #2: On Tuesday of this week, My "Little Bride," My "Woman," the "Love of my Life," had a Birthday!!! So, as a tribute to her Special Day, I want to share this tune from the Beatles. From 1968, off of the White Album, Birthday... Happy Birthday, Baby.