Perhaps I’m a bit strange to think about death as an 18-year-old. Such a mystery is not worth thinking about is it? Even though everyone walks around like life is an expected right, the reality is that life is a gift and death can come at any time whether it’s by surprise or not. The fact is this: we don’t understand why people leave our lives in this way and why ‘God takes them’ from us. Such a sensitive topic is warily tackled and even while I’m writing this, I’m a little cautious as to how to approach it.
Listening about terrorist attacks, wars in Iraq, Syria and around the world, natural destruction, innocent lives suddenly put out like a light, and sickness are all the result of man’s hardened heart to God’s love. Nothing excuses these things and they are all tremendously horrific but unless we are directly affected, we don’t do much to avoid some of these problems before they becomes crises. When you call refugees a crisis, for instance, you are putting aside their dignity, their personal problems, and room for growth and development. By hearing time and time again that their problem is a crisis, refugees will have no hope for their future. Isn’t a problem easier to tackle than a full-on crisis?
And why is it that we make such a fuss when something happens in Europe but because we’ve heard about wars in Syrian countries so often, we disregard it like normality? Treating a problem as normal will not solve anything. Why have we stopped caring about those outside of Europe? All people need are jobs, education, medication, mental and health care – aren’t these a few of the human rights? Who are we to decide if a person should receive the basic human rights or not especially if they are merely victims of one person’s bad choices?
Such things are so frustrating because we tend to sweep things that don’t affect us under a carpet until the pile is too large to look over with indifference. When one person in Europe dies, all the world gets to know the life of the person, the good s/he would have done and measures are taken for more security, especially if it was a murder. In countries like Syria and Iraq, people are killed on a daily basis and we don’t even know who they are -they are simply more bodies lying on the ground. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t mourn for the people closest to us who pass away – it’s a process of growth, in fact to mourn and be able to come to terms with death.
I, too, don’t understand everything about death but what I am sure of is that God is good all the time. Even if we don’t understand why people are taken from this world, He is still good. Even if it’s extremely painful – and I have passed through painful moments too – the Bible verse, “and if not, He is still good.” (Daniel 3:18), gives me hope and grounds me to His love. Even when it hurts, when miracles are prayed for but not provided, when I don’t understand suffering, I will praise Him, because He can see the full picture and knows what is happening. We merely see the unraveled strings of God’s masterpiece that is our life and when our souls transfer from this earth to Heaven, we will be able to see the full picture and understand the purpose of our circumstances.
Placing such certainty as the foundation of life’s situations makes life a little more hopeful. Let’s stop overlooking others’ problems simply because they are not ours. Creating awareness is the first step to changing the world. Let’s take the world by a storm of care and love and stop pushing things that seem out of our control out of our mind.
I’d love to hear what you think about this, and if you agree with me or not, so feel free to comment or approach me! I’m done treating people as a problem without tackling what they’re going through. Will you do the same and stop putting aside the unimaginable?