Writing in the Dark in the Midst of the Storm: Theological Reflections about God, natural disasters, and the inevitable aftermath human suffering?
I couldn’t sleep Thursday night while Hurricane Matthew was passing by–with incredible violence and aggression–in Fort Pierce, Florida where I live; rather than sleeping, I was writing in the dark of a category 4 storm. Rather keeping my eyes closed, on that dreadful night, writing about the fragility of life and the certainty of death in this world has suddenly become a therapeutic moment for me to express my frustrations, disappointments, a sense of hopelessness–giving the fact that science and we humans cannot STOP natural disasters. My ultimate problem was not/is not science or human knowledge; it was/is God himself. God has become THE PROBLEM in the dark in the midst of the Tropical Storm.
On the other hand, I must confess that I’m a Calvinist theologically in the sense that I believe firmly in the comprehensive sovereignty and total control of God over natural disasters and human history, and that even natural disasters like deadly and powerful earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, tropical storms, etc. do not take God by surprise, threaten his exhaustive power and sovereignty, and lessen his glorious majesty and overarching governance .
Why did our prayers fail God’s attention?
We prayed to God to save our lives, our friends, and safeguard our belongings.
In the case of Haiti, for example, Hurricane Matthew has taken both the lives and belongings of Christians and non-Christians, theists and non-theists, Vodouizan and non-Vodou practitioners?
How to think theologically about God, natural disasters, and the inevitable aftermath human suffering?