Why is it that tragedy can lead some people closer to believing in God, deepening their faith, while it may cause others to completely forsake any belief in a higher power?
Personally, I have found tragedy, struggle, and failure always draw me deeper, exposing a raw need I have within to find solace and safety through a being I believe much larger than myself, yet also abiding within me.
Have I prayed prayers that have gone unanswered, at least the way I prayed them?
Yes. So many times.
“I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I’ve been closer to him for that reason.” — Elie Wiesel
Have I been angry with God? Absolutely. And unlike many who feel out of respect they must mask that anger or frustration, I don’t. It all comes out, and it isn’t nice the way I say it, and just in the venting there is a sense of acceptance, an understanding of love towards me and for me that helps me move ahead.
These photos speak to that place of finding my redirection through faith, a girl’s faith that believes in the power of prayer and community and most importantly, love and acceptance, of myself and others.
Walls and doors and windows can keep you from entering.
Or they can also protect you within.
That’s how I see faith, my shelter during the storm as well as my shade when the sun is high.
How do you see God (or not) in the light of your life experience? Please feel free to share your thoughts. All views and ideas are welcome here.