So what is the purpose of a major crisis?
Human beings are supposed to be the most elevated creation on earth. We have the intellect, the ability to understand and comprehend. Unlike most of all other creation, we have been blessed with the ability to make choices.
Once something happens, we have to ask ourselves:
Who allowed it to happen? After all, no action can happen without a doer.
Even if we say force or natural force, where is it ultimately coming from?
We cannot find the answer; because, instead of questioning the Owner of all conditions, the one who caused these state of affairs to occur, we ask each other. And all we can come up with is theory, not the truth.
The truth is …
By this display of immense force, the Creator is manifesting His immense power. He wants to remind us who holds the ultimate control and power over all things. He is telling us to wake up from our oblivion, and acknowledge our vulnerability and recognize the glory of the Creator of all events.
All the calamities which befall us have one simple reminder from our Creator for all of us:
“You are not in control. I am in control.”
One can either surrender and accept with calmness such change and turmoil in life and that one has no control over or resist and fight it. It is much easier to trust our Creator and go with the flow until the situation comes to its natural conclusion.
On the other hand arrogance causes us to fight with and resist the larger events in our lives that we have no control over. We even accuse the One who caused it of corrupting and destroying our plans. We feel angry, humiliated, even guilty, that things did not unfold as planned.
However, who among us can say that we are immune to any suffering and that we can fend off any undesirable situation based on our intellect and money?
Consider the following example.
Natural disasters leave us helpless and broken, and exposes our true vulnerability. Regardless of technological advancements, we cannot protect ourselves let alone prevent them from happening. If nature unleashes its fury upon us, we are defenceless, rendering the state of the art protection we have built useless.
If the Creator is responsible for the creation and sublime order of the galaxy, where everything runs its perfect course to the most minute details, we have to acknowledge that such natural disasters are not accidents, mistakes or random events, they were deliberately released upon us a wake up call.
If the Creator is able to influence and create such forces of nature, then we have to realize that our current situations, whether a tweak in the stock market, a job loss, an accident, an illness, a death, or even a spilt glass of juice – are all events which are orchestrated the Creator.
The purpose of such reminders is to develop humility within ourselves and recognize that nothing happens by itself or at random. These events were planned and created.
What should we do?
Any humble person should question:
Why did the Creator create me? What does He want from me?
With this simple question we can start a journey of inquiry that can lead us to the light, comprehension and understanding.
With all our resources and abilities we tend to forget our inadequacies. When we get hit with reality, a situation which makes us paralyzed, puts us in the corner and makes us question our very existence; this is our first step towards coping.
We should remind ourselves that we are a creation for the purpose of submitting to the Creator, whether willing or unwilling.