It happens every time something horrible happens. Which means it happens a great deal. As people struggle to make sense of all the terrible things that happen in life, they somehow reach the conclusion that God is responsible and, therefore, that the terrible thing that has happened has to be good. It’s understandable why people end up at this place. But it’s still wrong. Because while God is mysterious and acts in ways beyond our understanding, God does not inflict pain, injustice or tragedy. Pain is pain, injustice is injustice and tragedy is tragedy – and not the work of God. Thankfully, however, God is always present in the muck and mess of life bringing transformation, new birth, reconciliation, abundant joy and hope in all the ways that matter most. So look for God in the muck and the mess. You’ll be amazed by what you see.