As humans we are concerned about our future and how secure our future is. Many of us, in fact all of us, want to keep aside some money as old age pension. Yet there are some who leave very little as old age security. They believe that the future will unfold itself in due course and that we have little control over how it unfolds. This small group leaves everything to providence with the thought that we should leave worry alone, until worry worries us.
How many of us think that we should live for today as tomorrow may never be what we want or tomorrow may never come? On the other hand, how many of us are of the opinion that we should leave aside enough of our earnings as old age pension or for a rainy day?
I have lived more than half a century and in that period of time I learnt that what we plan does not always go as scheduled and many of our fears have no basis. I always wanted to be a lawyer or journalist as my strength was in writing while science and mathematics were not my forte at school. I ended in a career related to Science and Technology and I still cannot rationalise this change of heart.
Has God a role to play in the destiny of each and every individual or is it a matter of coincidence that things happen the way they do? Is it because an individual was at the correct place, at the correct time and in the correct position, when things worked out well for the individual? On the contrary, is it because the individual was at the wrong place, at the wrong time and in the wrong position, if things worked badly for the individual?
I was reading today’s daily and I came across this case. A middle aged woman was walking the street in broad daylight, with her sling bag over her shoulder. A motor cyclist, presumably a snatch thief, rode passed her and he grabbed her bag. The woman was dragged a meter or two from the spot of the incident and she never returned to consciousness. I thought to myself,”Why wasn’t I the victim of the snatch thief as I walk the same road daily to work? Was it because this poor woman was at the wrong place, at the wrong time and in the wrong position, that this fatality should strike her?”
On a lighter note I have this to share. Two of my ex-college mates, both cousins, were different in attitude and academic achievements. One was a diligent and serious student while the other took life easy and was not a high achiever academically. He struggled his way through college with lower grades and ultimately ended in a job. But today, that guy is the managing director of a very large firm while his more diligent and serious cousin is struggling hard to keep his family happy and well provided.
I just cannot understand this situation. Who or what determines the nature of destiny and how is it determined? Does God have a role to play? Is destiny pre-determined? Who can answer these questions?