About a week ago I was captivated by this marvelous sunset on Lake Michigan. As I was trying to capture its’ beauty I noticed just to the left of the lighthouse flashing blue lights in the water and in summer that only means one thing, they were looking for someone. I stopped taking pictures and began to pray for the victim and the family, not knowing how long the person had been missing.
I got home and checked Facebook (as we don’t watch television) and discovered a 15 year old young girl had drowned around 7:30 pm and they were trying to locate her. Her body was actually not discovered until two days later late in the evening. What a sad tragedy for this family. We can dwell on the fact that there were warnings. We can debate whether she was a strong enough swimmer. We can argue that we should have done something else. We can blame the city for not enough accessible life rings. What good would all of that do? A family has lost a member and that’s where the focus has got to be.
Sometimes we just have to come to a place where we know it was God’s will and we need to be at peace with that. Does it not say in the Bible that He turns all things to good? We need to find that place in our existence where we trust all the parts of the Bible and begin to apply it to our lives. My heart grieves with the family and I fully recognize the loss yet I know God had a plan. He may have used this to touch the hearts of people in and around the family. He possibly touched hearts in the community and on the rescue teams. He already knew this was going to happen if we believe in Jeremiah 29:11.
All in all I just want to convey that we need to know that we know that we know God is in control. We need to begin to fully rely on God and trust in His plan for each of our lives. As my heart goes out to the family, I pray they recover quickly from the loss of their little girl. I know God will send comfort to all who are in mourning. Soon they will be able to see that God was not angry or out to get anyone, He just has plans sometimes which we do not comprehend.