It is a reality that the more advanced societies of the world have less of God in their lives. Due to development, due to knowledge and being learned, God is no longer part of the equation.
Just look at what happened to the US. Look at how the students are being formed because they have taken out prayer, the bible, and God in school.
- Teen criminal arrest has increased by 150%
- Teen suicide has increase by 450%
- Use of illegal drugs increase by 6000%
- Academics grades have decreased
That is why the Gospel reminds us that no matter what we accomplish in this life, we should be “childlike” when it comes to our destiny. In the end, we are not in control.
Three reflections of this reality
- We cannot control the wind, but we control the sail. Many times when life is tough and seemingly the winds are strong, there are times that it is not meant to be conquered but only a way of redirecting our lives. Go with the flow as they say.
- We do not control what happens in life but we are in control of how we respond. We cannot control the death of a loved one, we cannot control betrayal, we cannot control dealing with loss. It is a matter of attitude though. How do we respond when we know that God is in control of life that is ever-changing, unpredictable, and at times mysterious?
- Pain and suffering also remind us that not only we are not in control, but that we were never in control in the first place. Hence, we can learn from Moses. Follow the will of the Lord no matter how difficult it can be, like confronting the Pharoah, because He is in control.
Winston Churchill once said, “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”