That is both a Christian statement of existential fact and our fall back explanation for why few things work as we think they ought to work.
One of the results of that fall is a terrifying randomness that produces fear and frustration in equal parts.
About three and a half hours from here there has been a terrible fire.
An entire town was destroyed in the flames and there are over sixty dead and 600 missing.
Many of those who survived did so with nothing other than what they could wear or carry.
There are many pets, livestock and forest animals wounded or dead.
Those noble ones who are searching for the dead speak as those who have been to war…the scene is too horrible for words.
As a believer in God, I have to ask, “why, Lord?”
Why in this place , why now, why ever?
How many of those people… whose ashes are now being separated from the ashes of the place they lived… died praying for help?
The Bible tells us that creation groans for redemption…for a few terrible days it must have screamed.
“It’s a fallen world”…
That will be how we explain this tragedy and that will satisfy some of the devout.
It will not satisfy me, but it will be all I have to work with.
I will drink the cup of fear and frustration down to the dregs because I need to remember every day that this fallen world is not my home.
It will make me warier of those who think they have certainty about every doctrine about God, but are not troubled in their souls when things like this happen.
I will see the hand of God in the hands and hearts of those seeking to help, rejoice with the ones who escaped, and mourn for the ones who didn’t.
I will pray that God bless all those firefighters, police, and responders who have and are trying to restore and rescue life in a place of death.
Hope will come from the rescue of a cat with burned paws and singed whiskers who is a picture of all those who survived and those who gave their all to help.
Tomorrow will show scars, but tomorrow will come.
I will narrow down the “promises of God” that we cite to make sense of tragedies and deny the randomness of life to only one.
“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:2–3 ESV)
Then and only then, will we understand…and be safe from the fires of this fallen world.
Make your own application…