Why Did God Let the Boston Marathon Bombings Happen?
I'm sure that question has been asked over and over again since the attack on Boston yesterday. I am trying to wrap my mind around the situation. I'll be honest with you, when the news first came down yesterday I was numb to the whole situation. My thoughts were really another bombing, what is this world coming to?
I just didn't want to deal with it, I was like Sam said this morning, I had to turn it off.
I knew not to ask, why did God let this happen. I know in my heart that God didn't let this happen. It was nothing but pure evil that made this happen.
I made the decision to not tell E. about anything that happened yesterday because I, as a mom, didn't think he would be able to handle the devastation. I'm not protecting him or sheltering him, I know my son and I know if we had of sit down and watched the news coverage, he wouldn't be able to function. He has a very sweet caring heart. I chose not to let him know about the devastation yesterday, because he would have in a way, panicked. He would be afraid that everywhere he turned there might be a bomb. He has this tendency to over react to things. When they learned about thunderstorms in school, he freaks out every time it gets cloudy. When they learned about dental care, he became afraid that his teeth would decay. So this is why I chose not to tell my child.
I know Jodi, let her children watch the news yesterday and they discussed what happened. Even her littlest one still had trouble grasping the situation. I know that he will probably come home today and ask about the bombings and ask why this happened and I will sit down with him and talk about it.
I will tell him that there are bad people in the world. People who only live to destroy others. I will tell him that some People are so angry with who we are that their hate drives them to destroy us.
He asked me one day why there were mean people in the world (the same mean people that did this to Boston). How do you answer a question like that, when you fully don't know the answer? Why are there people out there that bomb a building with a day care center inside? Why are there people who send bombs through the mail? Why are there people who fly planes into one of the biggest buildings in the world? Why do people walk into a place of education and start shooting people? How can someone put bombs in a place where people are doing something amazing yet something as easy as running (not that running is an easy thing by any means)? How can humans become so demonic?
The only answer is that there is evil in this world and Satan and demons do exist.
Why did God let the bombings happen? God didn't let these bombings happen.
My God doesn't do that. He grieves right along with us and shed tears right along with us.
We as humankind have a choice to make and these people who did this chose to do wrong, plain and simple. They chose to be cowards and leave bombs in a crowded area. They chose to kill for the thrill of killing.
Now three innocent lives are gone and countless people suffer from injuries from this act of cowardice.
Have these people not learned from history? Do you realize that we as people don't put up with acts of terror. We, as Americans, as people, bounce back tougher and stronger.
That is what I have learned from living in this country, no matter how bad it gets, no matter how at odds we are with each other politically, you mess with us, we don't take it lying down.
My heart is broke, it hurts for those families who lost a loved one, it hurts for those that were injured, it aches for those people whose dreams and goals were shattered. Those people who earned the right to be in that marathon. Those people who didn't get to cross the finish line because of this act of terror.
Again, God didn't let these bombings happen, I have no doubt in my heart that he was there yesterday with his legion of angels protecting who they could. My God will use this tragedy to bring something wonderful and good to the world.
Some will say how can you say this? Why did he save some and not others? Some people will claim, God, there is no God.
To this I answer, I know there is a God and he reins over this world. I choose to believe in My Holy Father and I know he will use this tragedy to create something beautiful.
This is what I tell my son, God is awesome and God will protect you. I tell him about:
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?
Even though we are faced with scary things in life, I know I am protected and I know one day I will live in paradise because that is what God has promised me.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.