The Power Of Love: Purpose Driven Life Chapt. 25
Posted by infinitygoods on March 7, 2008
Who among us would not love a rosy life, completely free of troubles and set backs? Yet, God allows Satan to trouble us. Some people believe, and we are all in danger of all too quickly slipping into the same belief, that times of senseless tragedy prove there is no God or even the oxymoron that God is evil.
God is good and God is love. Satan is the one who brings us evil, destruction, death, senseless tragedy. In my own life all negatives, hardships and tragedies have eventually been turned around for good. God used these times to bring me closer to Him or build character and in the end, bring something so good out of those circumstances which could not have happened otherwise, that really it had to happen that way.
I was wondering what example I could give you, but personal examples either did not seem universal enough or were too difficult for me to share. Then I remembered an e-mail I received a few years ago. I did not find on the Internet the exact and powerful wording which had brought most of us either to tears or close to it, but I did find the passage below which is a paraphrase of that e-mail. It addresses a universal subject which has affected all of us worldwide, not just us living in the United States. It shows how a different, more positive point of view sees God’s hand in turning evil into good.
Where was God during the senseless acts of terrorism of 9/11?
“A very dear friend recently questioned my faith in God right after the terrorist attack on America. Her question was simply put, “Where is your God today?” She was very hurt, as all Americans were, so I tried not to react defensively. Since that moment I have prayed and grieved over the disastrous events. However, I believe I have found some comfort in knowing where my God was the morning of September 11, 2001. He was indeed very busy.
“First of all, he was trying to discourage people from taking the hijacked flights. Those four planes had the capacity to carry over 1000 passengers, yet there were only 266 on board. God was on four commercial flights giving terrified passengers the ability to stay calm. Not one of the family members who was called by a loved one on one of those planes said that passengers were screaming in the background. On one of the flights He was giving strength to passengers to try to overtake the hijackers.
“He was busy trying to create obstacles for employees trying to reach the World Trade Center on that Tuesday morning. On any given day, the buildings could hold 50,000 workers. It was a miracle in itself that 30,000 fewer were in the building that terrible day. How many of the people who were employed at the WTC told the media that day that they were delayed from reaching work on Tuesday because of traffic delays or various other reasons. God held up two 110 story buildings for over an hour so that two-thirds of the workers could get out.
Although this is without a doubt the worst thing I have seen in my life, I can see God’s miracles in every bit of it. I can’t imagine going through such a difficult time and not believing in God. Life would be hopeless !
Of potentially 74,280 Americans directly targeted by these cowards, 93% survived or avoided the attacks. Pass this information on to those in depression, or in fear, and especially to the media. Don’t fear these cowards and terrorists. God is on our side and in addition, the odds are against the terrorists.” Author Unknown
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