A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.
The Vastness of the Sky Illustrates God's Presence
Who is Really in Control of What Happens?
Over the past couple years, I have experienced things in my life, intersected by occurrences that I cannot explain.
I decided long ago on my faith journey that there are just some things that happen that I will never understand.
It's a relief for me to accept, that as powerful as we think we are, coupled with our freewill, we are never really in total control of what happens.
In my experience, I've learned that when something unexpected happens, I attribute it to God's grace falling upon that situation, delivered through his divine intervention.
When Bad Things Happen, Does God Intervene?
Regardless of our individual faiths, we all, at some point have pondered, "Who is really in control?" We especially ask this question when something unexpected and tragic happens to us.
Some occurrences just don't seem to make sense. We wonder what possibly could be the lesson in so much pain and loss.
In his popular book, "When Bad Things Happen To Good People," Rabbi Harold S. Kushner addresses this dilemma.
He shares his own experience with losing a child and the influence the loss had on how he helped others find comfort in God's love and the support of others.
Quotes from Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
"I pick up the daily newspaper and fresh challenges to the idea of the world's goodness assault my eyes: senseless murders, . . . young people killed in auto accidents on the way to their wedding or coming home from their prom. . . . and I have to ask myself: Can I, in good faith, continue to teach people that the world is good, and that a kind God is responsible for what happens in it?"
"In the final analysis, the question of why bad things happen to good people translates itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it has happened."
Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, "When Bad Things Happen To Good People" (1981)
God Helps Us Maneuver Through Life's Obstacles
Do We Really Have Control Over Reaching Our Destinations?
Although we can make a decision that can change our course, the road map remains the same. The final destinations don't change.
Our free will causes us to meander, drift, get distracted. We get thrown off by a fork in the road. We stumble, turn left when we should turn right, enter where we shouldn't, and keep going when we should stop.
We move too fast when we need to yield, and at times we become stuck going around in circles.
But we do, in time, get back on course and end up right where we were meant to be, with the gentle nudge and guidance of God's hand.
Which Way Should We Go?
All That Happens is Divinely Ordered
Some of us struggle or contend with the notion of needing proof of, or reason for God's divine hand in what happens to us.
This is where the "let go and let God" mantra comes in, relieving the burden of pondering, with a peace that surpasses all understanding.
Divine intervention is indeed a mystery as we try to wrap our heads around the power of God.
Whatever you refer to as your higher power, embrace that there is something bigger out there.
There's a hand in all that happens - - - the good, the bad, the ugly, the blessing, the miracle, the mystery, the curse, and the tragedy - - - accompanied or followed by some form of divine intervention.
That divine intervention may be delivered through the unconditional love and support from family and friends, along with the practice of prayer, gratefulness, praise, and thanksgiving.
Instead of asking 'why,' we learn through faith, that life's lessons bring forth a peaceful acceptance of and appreciation for the outcome of every situation. I know this from many experiences and I share it below in poetic form.
A Poem About God's Divine Intervention
It's God's way of keeping all things straight,
Lining up the future to match with fate,
We think we know what lies ahead,
By our own visions, we are led.
We have our goals mapped out to a tee,
Ready, set, go, like one, two, three.
God drops his plan unannounced,
Divinely ordered, our plans bounce.
At times we don't know when or where,
God flips the script from here to there.
Just when we least expect a change,
Our world begins to look real strange.
We ponder trying to figure out,
Our next move as we're hit by doubt.
It's useless trying to make sense of
God's plan that sent from up above.
Persons come and go without warning,
Situations change from night to morning,
Without understanding or a clue,
Divine interventions come out of the blue.
But we must know that what's meant to be,
Is not always meant for our eyes to see,
The twists and turns of God's great plan,
Most of the time is out of our hands.
We must remain open to the lessons,
Just past the test and drop the questions,
For asking why, where, how and when,
We may block our blessing in the end.
Let things be, go with the flow,
Accepting that we're not in control,
With faith and trust and inner reflection,
We open ourselves to God's divine intervention.
God's Divine Intervention In My Life
© 2012 Janis Leslie Evans