In the wake of the horrific tragedy that happened last Friday in Connecticut, most of us are asking ourselves, why would anyone do such a thing?
Our hearts are broken for the families shattered by the violence that stole their babies and loved ones from them far sooner than they could have ever imagined. People are questioning how God could allow this to happen. The truth is that there are no words for losing such innocent lives so soon and it can leave you in shock and maybe perhaps doubtful about our humanity.
These are normal emotions. God created us with the power of free will. But, how could one will to commit such a horrific act?
We may never know. What we know is that God did not abandon those children or the faculty that day. Jesus was there with His arms open. Our creator will never desert us (“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5).
The devil takes shots at our faith daily. And evil is still, as it has always been, present in our world. It’s these are the moments that stop us cold in our tracks as a nation. They are the moments where the world seems to stand still as we all listen and watch the events unfold in sheer horror.
There is no a good reason for such devastating violence. God abhors hate and the loss of innocents. Jesus called the children to himself (“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” Luke 18:16).
The part God plays in this tragedy is the comfort He gives us knowing that while this world is a scary and obscene place, at times, we are loved by Him. We can heal and find relief in faith in Him.
He was there; He is here with us now.
Every morning, I get my children ready for school in a frenzy. I never used to take the time to just look at them and appreciate the fact that I have a child who is capable of losing their shoes every single day, a child who can argue about the way I brush her hair or a little boy who just wants to wear the same thing all the time and fights wearing clean clothes.
We tend to rush through our lives always looking at what is next. The truth is the next moment in all of our lives is never promised. Sometimes we forget to look down at our beautiful children.
When this fades in the news, do not forget there are parents of little angels wishing they could hear their child have a tantrum again. There are parents who would do anything to give up time on the computer or in front of the television to just look at their boy or girl again.
So, where is God? God is in the choices we make from this point on.
It’s time to appreciate who we have in our lives and the joy of being able to pick up our children from school at the end of the day.
Evil can walk through any door. They can try to keep God out of our schools, but it is our job to keep Him in our hearts.
Let your prayers be louder than your doubt. Pray for those who were there that day and those who have lost the people they love.