Answers In the Midst Of Tragedy?

Today, Tuesday, May 11, a 16 year old female student at my daughter’s high school died from injuries she received in a car accident yesterday.  While I did not know this girl personally my heart is heavy and I grieve for this loss of life at such a young age.  My daughter did know her and once again, this tragic loss of a young persons life has brought the reality of death and the brevity of life into focus once again for many of those her age.

None us know the number of our days, the Bible says, and the events of the past two days has proven that truth yet again.

Life is short, the only thing certain is that one day, it will end.  While in the midst of grief for this student that may sound harsh, it is true.  And if you haven’t thought about that fact maybe now, even in the midst of sorrow and loss, is the best time to consider that statement.

We don’t know why this girl had to do die at such a young age, we’ll never know that answer while we’re here on earth, and that’s okay.  Why is it okay, you might ask?  I think the main reason is that it causes us to think beyond our own limited minds.  It makes us ask the hard questions and search for the answer in places we may not have thought to look before.  Let me lead you to one place I hope you will consider looking for answers, or at least comfort.

While life is short and answers are hard to come by one thing is true, God is still God even in the midst of very tough and painful circumstances. 

Okay, you might be thinking, “Oh, don’t go playing the “God card” now, I don’t want to hear it, I don’t believe in Him,” and you’re probably about ready to close the window to this blog.  Let me ask you to just hear me out for a little bit.

You see, no matter what you believe, or what religion you are, there is an eternal God who loves you and desperately pursues you.  Yes, bad things WILL happen in this world, and good people will die, young people will die.  Life is not fair that way, but God has a design, a purpose and plan to everything.  We’re human and we won’t always understand it, but that’s okay, because God does and there are some things in life, not just big tragedies or big events, that we just have accept by trusting.

Beyond the life-events that we don’t understand there is also a call by God to trust Him with your life.  You don’t have to be confused, hurt or alone.  He wants to walk by your side, He has already expressed His love toward you through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.  All you have to do is accept, by faith the gift He offers you.

No, accepting God’s gift of love won’t make life easier all the time, it won’t take away the hurt and pain of death, loss, or tragedy.  Those things are a part of life here on earth.  There will be a day when all of those things will be taken away and replaced by pure love, a day where there will be no more night, no more tears, no more pain and no more sorrow.  God is in charge of when that day will come, again, we just need to trust in Him.

So are there answers in the midst of a tragedy like the death of this young girl?  The short answer is no, the bigger picture is that by believing that God is who He says He is, trusting in Him and looking to Him, the parts of this tragic puzzle begin to fall into place a little bit more as we see things through His eyes and listen with His heart.

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