News headlines like the one above are misleading and bothersome to me. This quote from a 13-year-old daughter to her Dad on the upper right hand corner of the front page of today’s Indianapolis Star leads one to think that God rearranges our lives through extreme weather. While my heart goes out to those affected by tornadoes that hit Bedford, Indiana this is not the God I know and pray to daily for healing.
God is not the cause of nor in the tornado. An all good loving God does not cause destruction to make his children put the shreds of their lives back together. God is not in the earthquake, wind, or fire but in the still small voice.
In the Bible God said to the prophet Elijah, “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice (Isaiah 19:11,12).”
Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “There is no vapid fury of mortal mind — expressed in earthquake, wind, wave, lightning, fire, bestial ferocity and this so-called mind is self-destroyed. The manifestations of evil, which counterfeit divine justice, are called in the Scriptures, “The anger of the Lord.” In reality, they show the self-destruction of error or matter and point to matter’s opposite, the
strength and permanency of Spirit. Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil (Science and Health page 293:21).”