Its important to ask God Questions about George Square!

I was driving in Edinburgh yesterday afternoon when my ‘hands free phone’ rang in the car. I was greeted with the terrible breaking news that a runaway bin lorry had careered over 250 yards down Queen Street: one of the busiest streets in Glasgow, injuring a number of people while others were assumed dead.  I took a deep breath as i learned  that a member of my family had just walked past the scene of the accident about five minutes before the horrific incident took place.

You can imagine my stomach churned over.  Immediately you think, “What if ? ” Then in a flash you automatically feel grateful that your family member is safe. Suddenly, your thoughts and prayers reach out to the others. Those who lost their lives and  what of their family members who are left to make sense of something that seems senseless?  

In moments like these there seems no justice, or meaning, or God protecting us from the consequences of being alive. Life feels so unpredictable. One moment you could be buying a  Christmas present for a loved one, the next moment you’re on you hands and knees in the midst of chaos trying to save the life of a stranger, lying injured on a cold damp pavement.  What is remarkable and so human and dare I say  God-like yet paradoxical - is the  actions of perfect strangers  placing  themselves in danger to save another human being.

We live in a beautiful but dangerous world. It was only last Monday that we learned of the siege in Sydney and then the following  day of the massacre of 131 children in Peshawar. Both of these incidents were the results of human beings acting out of revenge.  However what happened in Glasgow today can only be described as a tragic accident. Like the helicopter last year falling out of the sky, there can be no easy answers for those who bear the loss. The people of Glasgow are facing the tragedy of the unpredictable risks  which face us all because we are alive. 

So how do we live with our questions and our faith in the face of these risks? The answer may sound pretty simple, however it is devastatingly difficult. Yet we just have to try to live with faith in our hearts and questions on our lips. To live without hope is to live without a future. To live for a future requires us to somehow believe that even when we only see meaningless chaos at work in the world there is order that can be created out of chaos. 

For the moment, like many, I need to take time to live with my questions even if the answers seem to evade me. In Psalm 77 the psalmist suggests God is big enough to understand  our anger disappointment and frustration. When it comes to working out the faith consequences, of living in a world where the unpredictable risks of living, invite us to ask difficult questions of God the psalmist says, keep asking your questions. You’ll find comfort often before you’ll find an answer. When answers do come, it will be in the strangest of places and among the most unexpected of people.


Posted By: hazeymcc   On: 23 Dec 2014   At: 6:15pm

I think so many are stunned with what has happened in George Square, so many hurting and in despair, not only for those who have lost loved ones, but those attending at the scene, and those who were there…. I am sure Jesus weeps with us when such things happen, it is never His will that people’s hearts are breaking… I am sure He is there in the midst of all the grief, His love surrounding and holding us close


Posted By: italker   On: 23 Dec 2014   At: 12:51pm

Interesting and helpful comment Helmut.


Posted By: Helmut   On: 23 Dec 2014   At: 11:20am

God does answer our prayers and reaches out to us. But he does not and cannot always interfere. It is the space left for us to improve, to act, to think, to pray. (Re Glasgow, e.g. let us mull “dead man’s button” [no pun intended], was he single on the vehicle, here we still have three or four workers to one bin cart, and big red buttons)

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