I don’t know if God is angry or capricious.
we’ve certainly heard him described as such.
George Landolt, John Stein or Johnny Walker would likely suggest I research the Bible to investigate such a thing. but, reading the Bible is hard. it’s difficult.
I admit it.
but, it’s not that I’m looking for an easy answer; as if I’m seeking instant gratification. the answer to this question could very well take a lifetime to sort-out. and, we may not have that answer until we face Him, fair-and-square.
all that said, God allows really terrible things to happen. John would tell me its all about testing us. that whole “trial in the desert”, thing. but, God seems to let mean people that are willing to take advantage of others prevail quite often.
so, is that the discernment I’ve been going on about on this Blog? some of us have a special gene that allows us to open-up that veritable can of “whup-ass”.
some people are just hurting, and they need to or want to hurt others. and, God appears to stand blithely by. now I’m wondering how judgement works.
speaking of that, all of this, really, I’ll discuss John (a different John, yes) and Sherri, here.
they are in the midst of an ugly divorce. and, of course, the kids are being used as a weapon of mass destruction. all of a sudden, after seven years and two evidently happy kids, John is evil and dangerous. he’s suddenly irresponsible and Sherri has moved a court to only allow him to see his kids under tightly managed supervision.
a date a few weeks back promised to be a milestone as John had been pushing are for a hearing in front of some judge to discuss all of it. by the way… the hearing had been scheduled for months. but, Sherri and her parents decide to take off on a holiday trip with the kids. suddenly the hearing is an inconvenience because sherri will have to interrupt her vacation and fly up for the hearing if it goes through. thusly, her lawyers turn up the heat.
so… here’s an excerpt from a text dialogue John and I had earlier this evening before I took-off for Lacrosse practice.
John: Big win for Sherri today. Looks like I may not get my hearing next week… I will just keep my head up and keep plowing…
Me: How did that happen?
John: Lawyers schedules and judges schedules it seems… It can still happen but there are only two days next week – Wednesday or Friday that may work. Nothing I caqn do about it.
Me: I concur. Too bad a father that wants his children can’t be the priority.
John: Part of dealing with evil. I will get to learn another lesson in life and keep my head high!
Me: Sometimes ignorance and maybe pain is disguised as evil.
John: So sherri is not evil she is just ignorant and full of pain that is why she is keeping [child’s name] and [child’s name] from their father?
Me: Time will tell. But, you already know her wight and associated issues weigh (sic) her down with angst.
John: Yep so I have to pray for her every day like I always have that she can find a way to deal with it and make herself happy.
Me: Just ask God to heal. Don’t worry about details. Praying with sincerity is hard enough.
John: I will.
interestingly, as I googled “scales of Justice” looking for an image of, well, scales of justice, the following book on Amazon.com ranked high on the first page, Tipping the Scales of Justice: Fighting Weight Based Discrimination [paperback].
What rights, if any, do fat people have? If a child is obese, are the parents legally responsible? Can employers treat overweight employees as different, or disabled? Should fat people be protected by disability laws? Cases of illegal hiring practices, workplace prejudice, harassment, unfair treatment, medical malpractice, and denial of public access are being filed in increasing numbers as the nation continues to obsess over, and misunderstand, weight.
but, meanwhile… for Gods sake. what about the kids? that book is going to cite somewhere that the children of Mothers that eat their sorrow until it crushes everyone around them end up like their Moms. and, when a daughter is denied her earthly Father, all hell breaks loose.
here’s a mental image. that judge should have an obese woman sit on him until he can’t breathe, or until he expedites a hearing, research and a decision that reunite a family under reasonable expectations.
what would God have us see in this opportunity to be crushed by the sheer inaneness of it all?
peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
brian patrick cork