When Bad Things Happen

Like most of you, the footage of gunfire unleashed from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel killing 59 people and wounding over 500 has left me questioning “WHY?”

Why does evil rear its ugly head? Why do innocent people get hurt? Why are lives destroyed? Why?

John 16:33 tells us that Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

The word to hold onto is “overcome.” Jesus has prevailed. He has overpowered. He has dealt with Evil and won.

The problem is, we are living in a time warp. While Jesus knows the “rest of the story,” we are still dealing in the now. And yes, sometimes it does feel like evil wins, especially when your family member is gunned down unexpectedly.

I wish I had the answers.

I was standing in line to buy my morning cup of coffee and I overheard a conversation between two ladies. “What good can come of this?”

When I returned to my office, I watched some of the videos posted by people who experienced the tragedy first hand. I read account after account of the impact on this person and that person. One couple made it back to their car to find an injured man hidden under it and several other people around him. He extended his hand, “Can you help me?” The couple and the people around all piled in the car and took him to the hospital.

Off duty police officers are seen standing while everyone else is crouched down – defending, as they are called to do; applying pressure to wounds with their bare hands; leading people to safety.

Story after story of people helping other people. People loving other people. People sacrificing for the safety of another.

John 1:5, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

I hear often there just isn’t any love in this world. If what was witnessed by so many and described in such detail about the heroic acts of other people during a time meant to harm isn’t love, I don’t know what is.

God is present in the good and the bad. He is with us in every situation we encounter.

And He will love us through it until the end of time.


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