My heart is heavy this morning. I just read that they found the body of seven-year old Somer Thompson, the little girl from Florida who went missing as she walked home from school Monday. They found her in a landfill in Georgia. As though she were a piece of garbage instead of a precious child.
I ask, What kind of monster is responsible for this??
I also ask, Why, Lord?! Why??
It's in times like these that I simply don't understand why God allows such evil to exist in the world. I don't understand why He allows innocent people like little Somer to be victims of evil people.
I don't understand!!
But I can't focus on my limited understanding or I'll go crazy. I can't dwell on the evil in the world or I'll grow bitter.
Somer Thompson is with Jesus right this very moment! I am absolutely positive of that! Jesus told the thief on the cross in Luke 23:45, "I tell you the truth. Today you will be with me in paradise." Somer is in paradise. Her family, however, is living a nightmare.
Some people say evil exists because good exists. You have to have an opposite effect in order to recognize the difference between evil and good.
Some people say evil exists because of Satan.
Some people say evil exists because God doesn't exist. God is supposed to be all about love and peace. If He did exist, why would there be evil in the world?
But it seems to me that evil exists because God gave us free will. We always have a choice! The monster that killed little Somer had a choice. I have a choice--and you do too--every single day to do what is good and right in God's eye. Not our own eye, but in God's eye. "Good" has too many man-made definitions, but when we align our choices with God's word, then we know whether the choices we are making are right or wrong. Satan and the other fallen angels obviously had free will, too. They made the wrong choice.
Just like the monster who killed little Somer.
My prayers and tears are for her family today. I'm especially worried about her sister who may feel responsible in some way. And the friend she was arguing with. May they not feel the burden of guilt because they are as innocent as Somer herself.
Why, God? Why is there such evil in the world?
I may not ever truly understand.