by Gray Graham
Be it natural or man-made, tragedy will always be a part of our lives. Even though we have faith in God, we will still have our trials and tribulations in life. Tragedy is as much a part of life as joy.
When tragedy occurs, we often act like it is a shock and unexpected. We have taught ourselves that nothing bad is ever supposed to happen to us. Very few of us ever prepare for the disasters and tragedies that occur in life. We want to live everyday as if it is a paradise. So when tragedy does happen it catches us off guard. We start asking how could something like this happen.
People know when they are not living right. We have a deep feeling that when tragedy occurs it is God punishing us for our sins. We still operate under the belief that we will be rewarded if we are good and will be punished if we are bad. We think it only rains on the unjust and not the just. We forget that storms come to all and we all have to weather those storms.
So when a tragedy occurs a lot of people want to call a time-out to life. We want everyone to all of a sudden acknowledge how we are suppose to live everyday. It is okay to turn away a person in need on a sunny day but it is wrong to turn them away when devastation is all around. Somehow that person’s needs doesn’t matter if your day is going well and you are not in any danger.
Many of us only care about a tragedy when it affects us personally. If it doesn’t then we don’t. If an earthquake destroys a country we don’t know exists or don’t care about then we will not give it a second thought, but if it strikes somewhere we do care about then we want to mourn and call it a tragedy. If it happens to us directly then we want the world to stop until we are safe and everything is back to the way it was.
See we want to get upset and angry when some people carry on with their sinful ways even in the midst of a tragedy. They carry on business as usual just like those of faith should carry on business as usual when things are good.
There is always a tragedy occurring in our lives. It might not be yours but it is somewhere near you. There are always people in need and people crying out for help. There is always someone trying to take advantage of someone else. In our 24/7, 365 day world, the lives of people never stop. The pleas for anyone to help never cease, but often they go unanswered.
When a tragedy occurs you should be the same follower of Jesus Christ then as you are when someone comes to you when you are feeling great. There is no such thing as trying to be more Christ-like just because something tragic happened. God is God all the time not just when things are going well for you. Tragedy is part of God’s plan just like happiness is.
Too many people that follow Christ have gotten caught up by the morals of non-believers. Many follow their idol worship and ways of doing things instead of following Jesus. People get too caught up acting like people in the world instead of acting like people in the kingdom of God.
We should be just as strong on a sunny day as we are on cloudy day. Regardless of the storms we encounter in life our faith and service in God should never change. Our failure to do so shows that we have a long way to go in our faith. No matter the season or what occurs in life our faith in God should never change.