Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tragedia (Tragedy)

The world is a crazy place, and I will admit sometimes it's hard to get lost in all the bad and miss all the good. This week, for example, was a whole lot of bad. On Tuesday at school we found out that all bus and taxi drivers might be striking on Wednesday in order to get the government's attention about all the murders. A new article I read said 800 bus drivers have been killed in the past 5 years, making it the most dangerous job in the world. How crazy is that? Also in the news, Miss Honduras and her sister, who were thought to be kidnapped, had been found dead. Honduras is a crazy place people.

Well the strike ended up only being in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, so school and church went on as usual on Wednesday. Jenna and I got on the school bus to go to church Wednesday night, and a good night of worship, and got back on the bus to come home. After dropping all the kids off, our bus driver made his usual U-turn, but hit what I thought in the moment to be a curb. That curb actually ended up being a guy on a motorcycle. Our bus pulled over, the motorcycle twisted up underneath the bus, and the guy was loaded into the back of a pickup truck and taken to the hospital. All of us teachers who were on the bus gathered around on the side of the road to pray. One of the teacher's brothers took a few of us home, where we found out the man on the motorcycle had died. Colton, Bethany, Jenna, and I prayed again, that God would bring good out of this seemingly terrible situation and that this man was now with God. We later found out that this man was a believer, and was actually friends with our bus driver's son. Rhonda was able to make a deal with the family and ex-wife and our bus driver was able to get out of jail. We heard later three other people were killed in Sigua that same night.

Sometimes it's hard to understand why God allows this all to happen. What is the point? But I know my God and I know He has a plan. Psalm 34 has been a real encouragement to me this week, so I'd like to share it with you.

I will praise the Lord at all times;
his praise is always on my lips.
My whole being praises the Lord.
The poor will hear and be glad.
Glorify the Lord with me,
and let us praise his name together.
I asked the Lord for help, and he answered me.
He saved me from all that I feared.
Those who go to him for help are happy,
and they are never disgraced.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him
and saved him from all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord camps around those who fear God, 
and he saves them.
Examine and see how good the Lord is.
Happy is the person who trusts him.
You who belong to the Lord, fear him!
Those who fear him will have everything they need.
Even lions may get weak and hungry,
but those who look to the Lord will have every good thing.
Children, come and listen to me.
I will teach you to worship the Lord.
You must do these things
to enjoy life and have many happy days.
You must not say evil things, 
and you must not tell lies.
Stop doing evil and do good.
Look for peace and work for it.
The Lord sees the good people
and listens to their prayers.
But the Lord is against those who do evil;
he makes the world forget them.
The Lord hears good people when they cry out to him,
and he saves them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted,
and he saves those whose spirits have been crushed.
People who do what is right may have many problems,
but the Lord will solve them all.
He will protect their very bones;
not one of them will be broken.
Evil will kill the wicked; 
those who hate good people will be judged guilty.
But the Lord saves his servants' lives;
no one who trusts him will be judged guilty.

I'm still not sure what all good will come out of this, but I don't have to know because God does. I do know that on Friday, after a week of rain and cold, the sun came out, and Bethany and I were able to enjoy class outside with our students. I know that I have friends that have become family here, and that we will always be there for each other with prayers, with laughs, and with the invitation to drag a mattress into one bedroom and have a slumber party. I know I can be thankful that God has brought us all together for a purpose, even sometimes just to encourage each other, and even in the tragedies, "I will praise the Lord at all times."


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