Earlier this summer, a friend and I were discussing why bad things have to happen to good people, like when someone dies young or when a kind, selfless person seems to never have things go his/her way. Unfortunately, no matter how much one ponders this or gets angry about it, there will never be a rational, concrete answer that will please everyone. Because of this, trust and faith in God is completely necessary. Whenever I find myself troubled by this thought, I remind myself that unfair events occur in life no matter who it is. However, God is there to help those struggling through these obstacles. He is there amidst the low points, providing patience, strength, and hope even during the lowest moments.
In my life, countless things have happened that could easily make me frustrated and angry towards God. Many of these struggles tempt me to think "why would God ever let this happen to me and my family", but I resist. Multiple times a week, my dad asks me questions like, "so you just finished your junior year at Notre Dame right?" (I just finished my freshman year) and "what day is it today?". Does the fact that my dad basically knows nothing of my life keep me down? The answer is no. Of course, I feel overwhelmed and extremely sad when I think about how desperately I want to be able to fully share my Notre Dame experience with my dad because of how much he loved it there. I feel like just giving up when I think that no matter what I say or do, he won't remember, so what does it matter? However, I have no choice but to pick myself up and continue on with life, knowing that God is with me and will provide me with the strength to keep going.
The fact of the matter is what happened, happened. Nobody can go back and undo the complications in his brain surgery. There is nothing that can ever get his short term memory back. My dad can't do anything to have his cancer completely leave his body. That's the way life is. What my family and I can do, though, is move forward and live every day positively and with as much love as possible. I'm not undermining how hard it can be at times, because the journey can be disappointing, defeating, and tragic. All anyone can do is try to keep moving, remembering that God will always be there to remind you of how much you can handle with Him by your side.