Buzz Ball: Things just happen

Buzz Ball

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family wrote a book a few years back called “When God Doesn’t Make Sense.” It is a book designed to give comfort to those who are suffering through death, sickness, financial troubles or other tragedies we all suffer in life.

Dobson didn’t write the book to necessarily give answers, but mainly give comfort and hope to those who suffer.

On its cover, Dobson writes, “This book is a great preparation for that eventuality, and a really good salve for the Christian who currently is wounded and in need of being picked up.”

And while Dobson does mention that some of our hardships result from our bad choices, he is also quick to add that some of life’s trials happen to us because that’s just the way life is. It is very difficult to understand why bad things happen to good people, why tragic events happen that mar a wonderful celebration, why we live in a world filled with diseases, emotional instability and financial ruin.

A very good example is the tragic bus accident that claimed the lives of 16 people who were giving up a weekend to rejoice their religious freedom in Carthage, Mo. Why did this happen? Why did it have to damper the enthusiasm of those attending Marian Days? Why does God allow seemingly good people to leave this world so suddenly?

It is hard to imagine why things like this happen. That is why I count my blessings that I am not, nor ever will be, in God’s shoes. I can’t imagine having his knowledge, his foresight or his power – nor do I want that type of knowledge, foresight or power.

I’m just grateful that I’m in his hands and whatever happens will happen for a reason. I may not understand the reason, but I know that there is a reason for everything.

But that doesn’t make suffering easier. My heart goes out to all those who are hurting from this tragedy. My prayer is that they will be comforted some way – either by God’s love or by someone touching their lives.

I’m amazed that so many come to little Carthage in Southwest Missouri to celebrate their religious freedom. But I’m so glad they do for they are a tremendous example to all of us.

I?am impressed with the kindness and the friendliness of those in attendance. Their generosity goes beyond what I have ever imagined.

We sometimes take our religious freedom for granted, but we shouldn’t. We are blessed to live in a country where we can openly express our religion.

I?hope that Marian Days will continue for many, many years to remind us of our blessings.

Carthage Press