Archive for April 5th, 2009

Is It True That Everything Happens For a Reason?

April 5, 2009

sad-woman-silhouetteThe idea that there is a loving guidance at work in the Universe is much easier to accept when life is going well. In times of misfortune or grief, it can be difficult to accept those five familiar words invariably offered by well-meaning friends: Everything happens for a reason. Given that Divine guidance may be thwarted by another individual’s act of free will, it is more accurate to say that everything that happens has purpose or creates purpose.

When our world seems especially dark, it does not seem possible that such a statement can be true. We reject it as a rationalization intended to help us cope with tragedy, loss, or disappointment.

Yet if you could rise above your circumstances and look through God’s eyes, you would see that no matter what happens, God works with what happens to guide you back on course—often with new purpose-driven priorities—whenever possible.

If God is guiding each of us with infinite wisdom and deep love, it follows that (more…)