13. ~SOUNDINGS~: PART 3 – The Obstacles | 13th Essay – Accidents
by Frank L. Jordan III
Photo courtesy of Richard Croft
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Fewer words encompass a wider range
of happenings in this world than that of accident.
And although it is possible for an accident
to have an immediate positive result,
the vast majority of accidents result in some form
of suffering and even death.
A closer look at the nature of that broad range
of phenomena known as the accidental
will shed some light on just why.
For an accident to occur there is usually an interplay
between three particular realities.
The strength or significance of each of these realities
really determines what kind of accident has occurred,
and even to what degree an event
can be called an accident.
There must be a purposeful subject
affected by an event containing an element of chance,
an event for which someone or something shares
a degree of responsibility—
a degree of responsibility, no matter how small,
for that event occurring.
The more responsibility someone or something shares
for an event occurring,
the less that event can be called an accident,
and, depending on whether the occurrence
has a negative outcome—
which the vast majority of them do—
the more that event can be regarded as a crime.
What’s meant by a purposeful subject is a being,
place, or thing brought into existence
through purposeful means.
The more profoundly evolved the being,
the more highly developed the place,
and the more skillfully crafted the thing,
the more purpose surrounds the subject’s very existence.
And the more purpose that permeates
a being, place, or thing,
the more God is involved in their existence—
and the more concern he has for their future.
For God is the weaver of purpose
and the author of concern.
He strives, every moment, to bring
more and more loving purpose
into our world and this universe.
In a world that at its basic level has its share
of randomness and chaos,
Pure Love—as a guiding force—works diligently
in collaboration with nature
to bring about more and more highly refined
strains of purpose,
and more harmonious avenues of order.
This is easily witnessed in the great systems of this world,
systems of culture, politics, entertainment, recreation,
fine arts, mathematics, religion, philosophy,
medicine, science, industry, technology—
and the list goes on and on.
If you can name it, God can claim it,
claim it as an endeavor of divine concern—
an endeavor in which he, in which she is willing
to contend with the harshest realities
to help bring to its deepest fruition,
its highest vision.
And one of these harsh realities
is the realm of the accidental.
God does not cause or will accidents to happen,
but no one understands better
why they do happen than God.
The key ingredient behind the occurrence of an accident
is randomness, is chance—
something or someone being in the wrong place
at the wrong time, for little or no reason.
God, who is divinely aware of every situation,
understands perfectly all of the circumstances
surrounding any accident.
But the very natures of randomness and chance
make them realities that are particularly removed
from God’s influence and control.
They are realities that are not guided
by the purposes of life,
so they are not engaged in the protection of life.
The randomness and chance behind accidents
simply are, simply exist—
for they are the most basic of consequences
in a universe where different things, places,
and beings affect each other.
And along with God not directly causing
any accident to happen,
he also doesn’t want loss, injury, or death
to occur to anyone as the result of an accident.
But these things happen—
sometimes to people we love, sometimes to us.
Why doesn’t God keep them from happening?
Because the way that God, that Pure Love and Spirit
directly interacts with this world
is not the kind of way that manipulates
physical objects like you or I would.
And this is not a matter of choice on God’s part.
It is simply the way things are—
the reality of how God guides and influences
this unfolding manifestation of Ultimate Reality.
But just because it is the nature of things for God
not to directly intervene in a situation
in the same way as a physical being would
does not mean that there aren’t ways
that God impacts an event with his power,
influence, care, and concern.
This includes an event that is considered an accident.
Before an accident occurs,
God is totally aware of the circumstances
leading up to its potential occurrence.
God knows if an object or machine is about to malfunction,
because he is aware of every molecule of its structure.
If a human being or lower animal is about to be
in the wrong place at the wrong time,
God knows this, also.
And it is God’s will that we too have this information.
But for the most part we are not sufficiently attuned
to the whisperings of the Spirit
to receive such warnings.
“Why not give a louder or clearer warning?” one might ask.
God gives the clearest, loudest warnings possible.
It’s just that the interaction between God pressing through
into the natural world, into our minds,
is culminated in the act of intuition—
a subtle, inner spiritual whispering.
And it is through this medium that warnings
of future accidents are given and received—
received, that is, by those few persons
who are developed or gifted enough
to intuit and understand them.
When one receives images of a potential accident
in a dream or vision,
it should be nurtured and taken seriously,
for it could be God attempting to warn someone
of possible harm or of a premature death.
It is God’s will that we and those we love,
lower animal as well as human,
be spared the devastating effects of accidents,
and go on to live happy and healthy lives.
This is why the practice of safety
is such a valued and vital quality within the human race.
We have come to a deeper understanding
of how certain realities of this world
can sometimes interact in such a way
as to bring about a heightened risk
of possible accidents.
Safety and caution are God-given qualities
implanted within us to better protect ourselves,
our families, and our environments.
These two allies have served us well, and continue to do so,
helping us to avoid much harm and tragedy in our lives.
But obviously accidents can still happen, and when they do,
when God’s cherished ones are hurt or even killed,
the care and concern that he, that she has for all involved
can be seen and felt.
Look at how those surviving the accidents of life
how they are often surrounded
by compassionate people,
and nurtured until they are healed.
See how those who do not survive
are so deeply mourned, honored,
and remembered over the years.
These life-affirming happenings are inspired by love,
by the very personification of love—our caring God.
They are evidence that even in the darkest times
of existence God is with us,
and with those who have gone before us.
But as has already been stated,
there is an exalted way to join with God,
a way that can warn us of impending disaster,
deal effectively with it as it is occurring,
heal the living, and honor the dead
when the worst occurs.
This way joins the full power of God
with the potentialities of humanity,
resulting in an indestructible force
for good and healing—
a force that is anything but forceful,
taming the world into submission
through unfathomable love and tolerance.
But again, it would be premature to go into detail
about this exalted way before its source is introduced
in the context of human and divine history.
That can only be done after a clearer understanding
of some of life’s more hostile elements is achieved.
A deeper knowledge of these hostilities of existence
is necessary before we can fully appreciate
the overcoming of them.
To embrace a cure,
we must first understand the disease.
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