Why do good people die young?
Tonight there will be a vigil held for a girl named Logan Davis who passed away this week. A vigil for a girl who all of her friends and family know her as someone who never met a stranger and impacted everyone's life that she came into contact with. I keep hearing people talk about her as being genuine, selfless, kind, beautiful, and so much more. I didn't know Logan personally, but from all of the amazing things I am hearing about her - I wish I did. She was only eighteen and had so much life left to live.
My heart aches for my hometown. Too often we hear stories similar to Logan's and all of it leads us to the question - why do good people die young? Children, teenagers, even young adults are taken away from everyone by death leaving us all in complete shock and sadness. These people made the world a better place by simply living. Their smiles and warm hearts could light up a room and turn any bad day into a good one.
I'm staring at my screen trying to figure out what words to say that will make all of this easier to grasp. I came across this Bible verse in the book of Isaiah:
After reading that verse, I was reminded of a story I had heard before:
A great debate once raged in Heaven. It was over a most beautiful and precious soul that God had created. The angels debated what should be done with this soul. One group of angels demanded that this soul remain in heaven. "She is too pure, too holy to face the ugliness of the lowly world," they said. "Who knows what will happen to her in a world of temptation and evil. This soul must stay with us here."The other group of angels said the exact opposite: "Indeed this soul glows with a unique divine glow. But for that very reason she must go down to earth. For imagine the beauty and goodness this soul can bring to a dark world. What good is there in keeping such a soul in heaven? Let her descend to earth and shine her light there."And so they argued back and forth, each side unshakable in their view. The two sides couldn't decide, so they asked God.This was God's response:
"Indeed, it is sad to send such an immaculate soul into such a dark world. But this is My will. I only created darkness so souls like this one can transform darkness into light. The whole purpose of creation was that the lowly world be refined by the good deeds of mortal human beings. This cannot be achieved by souls in heaven. It can only be achieved through souls in bodies. And so even this most perfect and pure soul must descend to earth."The first group of angels, who requested for the soul to remain in heaven, were disappointed. They couldn't fathom how such a spiritual being could be expected to survive such a physical world. God turned to them and said, "As for your request to keep this soul up here, I will grant it partially. Though she must leave us and go down to earth, it will not be long before she will return to us. Her sojourn on earth will be brief. Such a brilliant soul will not need long to fulfil her mission. Soon she will be free to come back to heaven."
God then turned to the second group and asked, "Are you satisfied with that? Do you accept that this soul can only be on earth for a limited time?"
The angels replied, "Yes we do. Every day that she is on earth is a blessing."
I know it doesn't make it any easier... but maybe it can give perspective. God is protecting those from encountering the evil that was to come. He is not being evil or vindictive, but the opposite: merciful.
So take these dark times as a time to reflect. Reflect upon all of the memories that you've made with the people that you've lost. But also reflect on the life you've been given and that you're still here today. Cherish that. Cherish every single day because you don't know if it will be your last. Treasure your loved ones because they may not be here tomorrow. Remember that in the end it doesn't matter how long you lived, but how you lived.