This past week my community was hit by a very damaging tornado. This is second tornado that has ravished through my neighborhood in 3 years. The winds did spare my home as did they my family though many of my neighbors lost their homes. Life sometimes leaves us with more questions than answers. After the shock wore off I was dumbfounded and a little perturbed, perturbed with God. Yes I was spared, yes my family was safe, yes I can live a few days without electricity in August, yes God could have spared some of the exact same houses from getting hit from a tornado twice in 3 years. Saying I somehow have God's favor because my home was spared would be saying God had a curse for my neighbor...I just can't believe that.

Seeing my neighborhood destroyed by a tornado again has felt like a curse and has brought me to tears several times. Less than 36 hours after the tornado hit, God sends rain. It rained into the houses with open roofs and soiled what was left in the houses. I walked out into my driveway, looked up at the raining sky and asked "why?"

I didn't get an answer.

My perturbed swelled into resentment.

I don't believe I will get an answer to that "why?"

What I do believe is that God forgave me, so I can forgive God. And, so I did. Forgive as Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32). We all experience uncontrollable circumstances, illnesses, deaths, betrayal. Sometimes we will never understand the why. When we take time to reflect and are honest with ourselves, we can find peace with God through forgiveness. 

Tara Galles

Tara is the founder of YOGATHEA® inspiring others to "Breathe the Peace Which Transcends All Understanding - Mind + Body + Spirit” through Christian Yoga + Meditation DVDs, CDsInstructor Training Program, and Women's RetreatsTara currently resides in Kokomo, Indiana with her husband and 4 children where she practices Occupational Therapy and has made peace with the snow.