*A version of this post was originally published on February 27, 2017.
When most people hear the phrase, Random Acts of God, they instantly envision tornadoes, floods, or other natural disasters happening!
In fact, many insurance policies still refer to such natural disasters as Random Acts of God!
Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about a different kind of random act of God.
I’m talking about those times when it seems that God is actually personally paying attention to the needs of some and intervening in their lives and the times when it seems like he is looking the other way and ignoring others.
It seems to me that God does act randomly in random people’s lives, picking and choosing whom He will bless or not bless, with no rhyme or reason.
Or maybe, just maybe, God isn’t really personally involved in our lives at all, because it sure does seem like he turns a blind eye to all our troubles sometimes, now doesn’t it?
And to be brutally and irreverently honest, at times it even feels like He is actually and purposely inflicting us with random troubles.
God’s ways are mysterious, for sure.
I’ll be so bold as to say, that I find many of God’s acts or lack thereof to be confusing, bewildering, upsetting, and dare I say, pointless or even cruel?
Why does God intervene and stop bad things from happening to some people, but not others?
One thing I’m sure of is this: whether God chooses to personally intervene in our lives or not has nothing to do with how good or how bad we are or whether we deserve the good or bad circumstances that happen to us.
So many times over the past 17 years, I’ve felt as if God has purposely not blessed my daughter, Bethany or been good to her in any way, shape, or form.
There have been so many times where I have begged Him to intervene in her life…
So many times when I have begged Him to make her life better…
So many times when I have begged Him to stop her suffering…
And He never does.
I hear about all kinds of people getting miracles everyday, whether they deserve them or not!
But not Bethany.
She’s been given the horrific bum deal of pretty much relentless suffering since she was two years old!
She was so young when a brain tumor sparked her lifelong suffering, she never even had a chance to do anything bad enough to render herself undeserving of a blessing or a miracle.
It always feels to me, like God is ignoring and overlooking my precious daughter, Bethany.
Does God really just randomly act in random people’s lives, handing out blessings and miracles willy nilly, or withholding them without any rhyme or reason?
Or does He actually allow whatever happens to us to happen without intervening at all?