Tuesday, November 02, 2004

All of us need a little fairy tale

Been trying to download the Hello program to put pictures in my blog. But my IE hangs everytime I try to download it

*curse and swear*

Oh well, I give up. My blog shall be without visual aids.

Any civil minded Singaporean would have been following the missing Huang Na episode for the past few weeks. Well, it is almost confirmed that the 9-year-old China girl has been killed when her decomposed body was found by the authorities. For all of us who have been anxiously following the news and praying for the safety and well being of the little girl, it is a sad and tragic ending. Most of us can only imagine how Mrs. Huang felt.

I was watching Finding Nemo on my computer when the news announced the discovery of the decomposed body. Cannot help but notice the contrast between the movies and real life. In the movie, all things work in Nemo's father's favour when he was trying to find his son back. As I watch the movie, I cannot help but to think that there is a God who is in control of the whole thing. God (otherwise known as The Director) brings all the things the father needs to find Nemo. He leads him to people who can help him and He makes sure that he is reunited with Nemo in the end. And at the end of the movie, both of them learnt valuable lessons in life and everybody lives happily ever after. Perfect ending.

Who will want to watch a movie that has a lousy ending?

Real life is a little less rainbows and butterflies than that. Mrs. Huang did not find her beloved daughter, except the body that is believed to be her. Where is the Almighty God when we needed Him most? If He is able to do all things, why doesn't He save her? Did He want the ending to be such? There are no simple answers to such difficult questions. And there should not be. The only thing we can be sure is that on this side of eternity, there will always be death, pain and suffering.

That is why all of us need little fairy tales, to remind us that there is something more than what we are seeing now, and someday the end will come. Tears will be wiped away. Laughter will fill the earth. Paradise will be restored again.


Blogger シャロン said...

"Paradise will be restored again"

that's oxymoronic isnt it? "paradise" in the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary defines it to be "a place or state of bliss, felicity, or delight".

if paradise is an untainted place of perfection and glee, how does restoration come into the picture?


12:01 pm  
Blogger Guojun said...

Aiyah... ask you to comment on my thoughts... not comment on my english.

2:01 pm  
Blogger FF said...

That's why I don't believe in God. I ask why is there so much suffering and pain in this world if God does exist? Believers of God tell me it's because there's a good reason behind whatever he does. I don't believe it for one second.

My friend, that's why they say you must have faith to believe. I don't have faith. You did have it once but it's slowly disappearing. I'm not sure if that's a good thing.

1:12 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i once was told that in Christianity, we dont ask the "why" question. We ask the "for what purpose did it happen" question.

this is where Christianity is different from other religions that believe in cause and effect. "why am i poor?" - Because you did something in your past life. "why do i have to get up in the morning to go to work?" - because you were not born rich. "why why why?" - because because because. this is very "me"-centred.

in christianity, it's about the purpose of something that happens. "what is the purpose for God creating me as a poor church mouse?" - to reach out to and bless other poor church mice. "what is the purpose of me having to wake up in the morning to go to work?" - so that you can bless your colleagues, your organisation, the drinks stall auntie you will meet when you buy your daily dose of coffee and of course to bless the hands that fed you - your parents!... and the list goes on. and this is "others"-centred!

there is this song that goes "i've got JOY that is down in my heart..."

JOY - Jesus, Others, You.

that is what christianity is all about. Jesus, Others, then self. and that is in line with the 2 greatest commandments God gave - to love God with all your heart and all your mind and all your soul and to love others as yourself.

so it doesnt really take alot of faith to believe if you are willing to be outward-looking rather than inward-looking!

9:22 am  
Blogger PP said...

Flickr is good for posting up pics on blogs too :)

12:20 pm  

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