Does anyone deserve tragedy, disability, pain, suffering, trauma, loneliness? How many times have you said or heard someone say “She doesn’t deserve that”. Maybe you have even thought or said about someone, “He gets what he deserves!”
What does that even mean? Sounds to me like we think that we earn all the good and happy things that happen to us, and if bad thing happen then we must have done something horrible to bring that into our lives. Does that really make any sense? Who decides how many points you need against you to earn a fatal car accident? If you tell a white lie, does that just earn you a headache or maybe a toothache if the scorekeeper is in a bad mood that day? If you tell a real whopper and then have to add to it to cover up the first lie, does that mean you’ll get a migraine that will last a few days?
What in the world have these newborns done that has earned them enough points to be born with birth defects? What have all of these people done who have developed MS, Chronic Fatigue, cataracts, Alzheimer’s and the list is endless. I don’t believe we earn bad stuff or good stuff by how we behave, at least not in these areas.
It makes sense to me that if I tell a lie, and it comes back on me in some natural way, people get mad at me because they trusted me and I broke that trust, then I deserve to be “in trouble” for that lie. Once I own up, take responsibility, and change my behavior to live in a more honorable way, then I probably won’t “get in trouble” again like that.
So, why do we have disabilities and illnesses and other tragedies? My personal take on it is that, in our soul state we ask for various challenges. Some of the strongest and most inspiring people are those with disabilties, limitations or illnesses. I believe we know how valuable these challenges are to our soul’s growth. It’s only when we come into our human bodies that we forget, which is part of the growth process, to have amnesia for planning this challenge, so that we get the full effect of overcoming what seems like obstacles.
When you talk with people who are forced to deal with ongoing challenges you learn quickly, that obstacles are usually temporary. Life may have to change, sometimes dramatically, but there are usually ways to deal with challenges once we get through thinking of them as blocks that won’t move.
What do you think our soul learns from challenges like these?