The Silent Character
There’s a character in every story that often remains unknown. One that very few attest to and even fewer acknowledge. This witness is never questioned by reporters nor even seen as participating in newsworthy events. Because this contributor is not looking for fanfare from the masses, their participation can go unnoticed. And even while their actual contribution is being ignored, they’re being accused of not being involved. This eyewitness’ presence may even be unnoticed on purpose with the agenda to prove their neglect. But this witness is more than a mere observer; He is our God.
I’ve seen many movies, read many books, and listened to countless current events where God is purposely eliminated. But His absence is impossible! He is OMNIpresent, and more than this, His interaction with His children is amazingly present. It’s unfortunate that many of the best stories are ones we won’t hear this side of eternity.
The Character in Current Events
While reflecting on the terror attacks in Paris, this all came to mind. I know one fact: He was not absent during those horrific assaults. He was with His people and they hold His story. Even though it doesn’t help political agendas, He was there and active.
He is in every story! I saw a movie about some horrible abuse of women in Ireland by the Catholic Church. It was just heinous! And at the end of watching the movie, I felt destitute. It drained all the hope from my spirit. “Where were you, God?” was my thought. It disturbed me so badly that I had to go research the film and the events. What I found was that there was an agenda by those who were making the movie. They purposely wanted God to be absent and for people to see His neglect. But though the abuse was in fact awful, I don’t believe for one instant that God was not there. There’s a story beyond the story whose telling would be amazing. It just wasn’t brought to light because of bitter hatred against Him.
Now this is not a Pollyanna view of life. I know that tragedy and suffering befalls man, even men and women of God. So I’m not saying that our Heavenly Father sprinkles pixie dust on the world to make it sparkle. But I also know He is incredibly involved in this world.
The Character Isn’t Absent from the Story
As terror and evil is on the rise in this world – and it is – know this: our God is not an absentee father. Though His works may not be reported by the media and His miracles are left unknown, He is involved. He is active. He is making History.
By faith—by believing God—we know that the world and the stars—in fact, all things—were made at God’s command; and that they were all made from things that can’t be seen.
Hebrews 11:3 KJV
I hear you John…
I have never suffered such evil as those Irish women…
But as we live here, in one way or another, we suffer the consequences of the evil we, and others, have chosen, don’t we?
So I can’t stop thinking that God’s “rainbow promise” is linked to this…
Like you said, He chose to involve Himself…
If God were to stop evil, wouldn’t He have to destroy us?
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