Have you ever asked yourself this question... What can I do when tragedy shakes up my world and threatens my faith? I am not sure about you, but I woke up today asking myself this exact thing.
For many years, I have been dealing with three major mental health issues— chronic anxiety, depression, and PTSD. In my pursuit of recovery, I decided to not only seek help from a mental health counselor, but I also decided that I needed to allow God back into my life... and believe me when I said that these approaches saved my life.
You see, 13 years ago, my life almost ended at the hands of a selfish person, and after hitting rock bottom, I became a man of faith and, since then, I have been trying, as much as I can, to live my life in a faithful way. The truth is that I believe in God and I also believe in giving him my problems and allowing him the opportunity to not only guide me but to also fight for me. That does the trick... well, most of the time it does, I may add.
Philippians 4:6-7 says... "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
These words are so refreshing and, for the longest time, they became the reason why I am still standing and moving forward with my life. But, again, what can I do when tragedy shakes up my world and threatens my faith?
The thing is that, not too long ago, I woke up to the news that a large group of the people killed during the bombing attacks in Sri Lanka were mostly children. Children who were at the right place, and at the right time when they were killed. Children who were following their faith and trying to be better citizens.
My question now is... how, a man of faith like me, can start to comprehend why, the God that I serve and the one that I allow to run my life, would allow children to be the victims of such horrendous events. I am going to be honest with you... I am having a little of a hard time understanding this.
What should we do when thoughts and prayers and having faith is not enough to fix all the problems in the world? I mean, the fourteen children who died in that church in Sri Lanka were doing just that and they still faced the evil in our world.
What do we do then? Should we continue praying and having faith? Do we join forces to fight the evil among us? Or, should we just say... “I am glad I wasn’t there. I am just going to send them my thoughts and prayers and move on with my life,” which is basically the way some people have been dealing with the main issues that are affecting the lives of so many innocent people who are victims of horrendous crimes.
I leave those questions as food for thoughts. I truly don’t have the answer to those questions. Hopefully, someone can answer them for me.
About the Author: The author prefers to stay anonymous. He is a resident of Winter Haven, FL.