Why does God allow the suffering of the innocent? Almost coercing one to believe He is maleficent. Well, the 'why' is still a big question. Cannot decipher with certainty, the intention. But, thanks to Eileen's reply in the last part. A reminder that hit me like a dart. So, I decided to extend this bit into another part. To add this point that I so conveniently forgot. I think suffering brings about one of these responses. People freeze and become too scared to tackle their losses. Some others fight back, but come out sour and bitter. And some broken people fight back and then help and teach others, become better. Previously broken people who repair the broken are excellent at fixing. As opposed to the kind who dwell in pain and keep on inflicting, That same pain that grows and spreads as anger or jealousy. Maybe even impatience, pride, intolerance, torture and misery. If God gave me a choice, and I could use my free will to decide, would I have agreed to go through those trials? Never, not in a million lives! I'd just shudder and roll my eyeballs. Probably Job would also reject them all. But the ordeals taught me so much. I sincerely wish He'd use a gentle feather touch. But honestly, I doubt anything less dramatic would have much effect on me. My entire life up until now has been a series of Bollywood movies. It's true, I experienced things normal people never do. And they weren't just one or two or a mere few. I tell God I've already lived at least two full lives. If I were to explicitly narrate my life stories, there'd be at least five dramatic Bollywood movies. All based on my life, the film industry will really thrive! And even if it began with a note, 'Based on a true story', if they wrote. Nobody would believe. Illogical and far fetched, to be perceived. Everyone has a different learning curve. There is probably no way I'd learn better. I had to feel this immense pressure. But now I'm here and so much I learned. Feel like the right I've earned to say 'God, I endured.' In faith, I persevered. I finally chose and stuck with good over evil. Those were some really painful needles. If not subject to refinement, gold does not shine. If not stored in dark caskets, it won't age into fine wine. If not kept to ferment, the batter does not rise. If you don't burn the sweet sugar, it will not caramelize. Nobody chooses to walk on sulphur-laden burning coals. But some experiences like that may make them whole. God knows your potential. He even knows your heart. Salvation has been His ultimate goal from the start. He's letting you be groomed by life's atrocities. Through it all, why the anxiety and curiosity. There's no need to stress because the battle is already won. You're wasting away fighting it, when it's already been done. Walk through the fire with confidence. Yes, it'll hurt but eventually you'll win. The testing of our faith produces (maybe greater) virtues. As long as you sustain in hope and pursue. Fire burns and cleanses. From the ashes, the Phoenix rises. Now living in and spreading this fire. Becomes a priority desire... -RUELHA www.ruelha.com © Copyright Protected. All Rights Reserved.