Godís Greatest Acts
Looking beyond the pain.
by Alan Cohen
Published: September 18, 2010
Give God credit for what goes right.
If you read the fine print on contracts, no one is liable for “acts of God.” Acts of God are defined as disasters beyond human control, like storms, floods, lightning, and protracted visits from uninvited relatives. I find it fascinating that in such contracts, God takes the rap for everything that goes wrong and receives no credit for the things that go right.
God is responsible for far more cool stuff than disasters. Consider this morning’s stunning sunrise; the stately trees outside your window and the birds that sing in their branches; your beloved’s embrace; your child’s finger painting on your refrigerator door; and your dog greeting you with such joy upon your arrival home that you are tempted to go out and come home again. Acts of God are pretty much everywhere, if you just look.
God is not the source of our troubles, but the source of our happiness. People have created far more pain, loss, suffering, and disaster than God ever has. We undermine ourselves with psychic self-flagellation and hurt each other with unkindness. Not because we mean to. We just forgot that God wants us to be happy.
Sure, some stuff goes wrong. Disasters happen, some dreams go up in smoke, and everyone experiences some pain. But a lot more stuff goes right. In fact, most things go right most of the time. Maybe it is time to listen less to the news and more to our hearts. In spite of the scary prognostications that abound, immense well-being is present if we are open to recognizing and receiving it. Even if we have denied it, at any moment we can change our minds. Perhaps mercy and forgiveness are, after all, God’s greatest acts.
Life is an act of God. Wherever anyone lives or loves, God is acting. That act deserves not to be relegated to fine print, but splashed across the masthead of our lives in bold headlines.
Do you blame God for your troubles?
How would you be seeing God differently if you viewed the Divine as only love?
I find immense good wherever I look. My God is a God of love.
Alan Cohen is the author of 17 popular inspirational books and is also a contributing writer for the New York Times best-selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul.