Earlier this week, I wrote a
MercEmail article on the tragic deaths of the 12 coal miners
in West Virginia. Following that email, I received over 90
email messages from several of our readers, offering
further insights and spiritual lessons that can be observed
from this event.
I'd like to share an
observation from one of our readers. A MercEmail subscriber
from Reader, WV wrote to me and said...
"I heard one thing from the
people that came out of that church building that night, and
it was one of negativity for God. The same person they just
praised moments ago, but now they claimed he never did
anything for them."
Sure enough, I watched the
news last night for myself. I witnessed the reactions of
the people who were so jubilant when they thought the miners
were safe. They sang hymns of praise, they thanked God, and
one person in particular spoke of "miracles."
However, when they received
the devastating news that they had been misinformed, the
same lady who moments before was thanking Jesus and speaking
of miracles, turned to a reporter's microphone and said, "I
don't even know if there is a Lord anymore."
I understand that in moments
of overwhelming pain and suffering sometimes people say and
do things that are out of character, so I can certainly bear
with and be longsuffering toward this lady who was hurt so
badly. But I would like to remind the rest of us that the
Lord's existence doesn't depend upon our circumstances in
life. I don't ever recall the Lord promising us "heaven on
earth," but I do recall him promising "heaven after earth"
to those who remain faithful!