I’m not a mathematician, but if I were familiar with analytics and algorithms, I would research what question people ask most often. Crap, I could probably just Google it and get a reasonable answer. I’d also get a list of crappy blogs that are actually research engines to drop cookies and find out what I’m doing on the internet. Fake news…I think that’s what it’s called. Paul Little, in the classic Christian apologetic book writes “the question as to why God allows suffering and evil is one of the most pressing of our time. More pressing than the question of miracles, or science and the Bible, is the poignant problem of why innocent people suffer, why babies are born blind or why a promising life is snuffed out as it is on the rise.”
Being familiar with grief, I’ve heard a similar question. “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I will not be able to answer that question today, next week, or perhaps ever on this blog. I am not a theologian. But I think about this question daily and when horrible things happen to me personally and to those I love, I wonder why. Then I walk out into my garden and look at a beautiful sunflower. I think about an expression repeated many times in Scripture. “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Speaking of horrible, I’ve had some gnats here in the house over the last few days. What attracted them? This problem has puzzled me and providentially, I found the source this morning. An old can of Italian cut beans had given up the ghost in cupboard. A thin layer of bean juice seeped from the can. Who knew gnats liked Italian cut beans? I cleaned it up and vowed I’d investigate all my canned goods this Labor Day weekend.
I do not know why bad and horrible things happen. But I will continue to walk in the garden in the cool of the day and remember God’s steadfast love endures forever. And I’ll continue cleaning up messes and eliminating gnats.