I was reading the news on Yahoo when I saw the tragic story of the two little boys who fell mercy to the first man they ever trusted, the first man that they met, the first man they should never have feared – their Dad. My heart sank and the bile rose to my throat, touching my taste buds, as I tried to swallow it away. And the comment that has ensued, the first response out of the majority of people’s mouths, “Evil does exist.” That is quickly followed with, “How could God allow this to happen to these boys?” It is as though God stood on the doorstep, opened the door and walked them inside this deranged person’s home. On the contrary, God stood with the boys waiting for the evil to leave so he could carefully carry them home. To their true first father.
It is difficult to see such tragedy. It is incomprehensible for so many to understand the “why” and “how”. It is impossible for all those directly related to walk away from questioning and doubting themselves. The only answer is to open their hearts and minds to God and allow him to walk this journey with them. To hold their hands and pray with them as they suffer a loss so great that no time will heal but will soften their pain.
I read and watch all the stories flooding the communication waves still in shock that anyone could be so lost to this world, to humanity, to God that they could do what this man did to such innocence. Then I step outside the box and realize that evil has existed within man (homo sapiens) for thousands of years. Are they born this way? Do they become this way? How do they exist without guilt or conscience or seeming lack of care for what they are doing to another person?
The questions are real, but the answers are albeit elusive. All we know is what God asks of us, how he tells us to live our lives. If we follow him does that mean that evil will not infect or impact our lives? No, but it does mean that when that evil filters through our barriers we will walk in the Lord’s protection and if the evil becomes overpowering as it did for these two boys, God will be certain to tend to us as we move into his home. There is not much more we can do other than to believe, hold on to Him, and to praise Him with our choices.
For all of those that have fallen to the hands of evil. Too young. Too soon. I offer this: