Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Where is God?

A candle burns in my prayer space for a little girl, tossed aside like so much garbage, left to rot. The jury says her mother didn't do it; I do not know. All I know is that a little girl didn't have a chance to grow up because of someone else's selfishness. That sickens me.

Is this free will run amok? Does God give us this gift only to stand back and allow us to do what we choose? Is God even capable of intervening? Perhaps, the intervention comes through us who call for justice, though it's too late for Caylee. I have to wonder.

In the story of Job, Job dares to question God why this calamity befalls him, for Job is righteous, even to the point of never speaking ill of God. In the story, God rails at this poor man, asking him if he was there when God created the heavens and the earth. Well, what does that have to do with it? Job wants to know why he suffers NOW. Nice, God, that you create all this stuff, but we're talkin' about suffering in the present moment. Sometimes I am with Job's wife: curse God, get it over with, move on with life!

But that's too easy. God is more than the sum of a rational argument and much more subtle than the fairy-tale image we have from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but no less Real. God grounds our being. Now, if we could only live like that, truly, then little girls like Caylee might yet walk the earth...