So, I am going to ask the question that we've all asked and see if there is an answer. Is God in the Tsunami, the earthquake, or apart from those events entirely?
I grew up thinking that God was a one-sided person. He only did things that I found to be good. He helped me get ice cream and chocolate chip cookies when I was 5, picked first for the team at age 10, a date at age 15, a home at age 20...but where was God when I flipped a three wheeler and nearly ended life too soon, or when the hurricanes ripped through Florida or New Orleans, or when a giant wall of water traveling 500 miles an hour blasts Japan killing thousands?
Is He there?
Because I don't think that the idea of footprints in the sand is very relevant to a hurting heart. Because I don't believe that God waits for bad things to happen, then simply cradles us in His arms until we stop crying. While that may be part of the story, I think He's at work before and during the tragedy.
I find it interesting that the cliche remarks often have much to say, but we've over-used them and so they've lost their meaning and in the process, end up annoying us. But I'll say it anyway. I believe that everything does happen for a reason. And God is orchestrating the grand symphony of events through an amazingly complex web. I also do not believe the worst that can happen to me or anyone else, is death. I believe the worst is not knowing our Lord. Everything else is rather a moot point.
So, although I grieve when trouble and difficulty come my way or affect a friend, or thousands around the world, I know God is at work. And even though I may get disease or poverty or death, I know God is at work in my heart and the hearts of others bringing us back to Him. Making a path available to anyone who would choose, to step out of the devil's playground and into the arms of our Lord.