“Their actions are really evil. I trust that you recognize that.”
“I do. I have decided to let karma be the final judge in their case. I need to get on with the mission at hand.”
It was a good point. As I look back on our conversation, his willingness to let go of the judgmental piece of a work equation reflected his singular focus on the bigger prize. It also freed both of us from being consumed by a detail that was not on our critical path. As our dialogue shifted to critical matters, I sensed that divinity’s hand was controlling how everything would work within the bigger story.
As I reflect on the way I see God’s hand in Life I realize that outcomes are not predetermined. In one case, a lead character has embraced the dark side for a time. At the time, it was hard to explain. I could see the positive forces in his life. At the same time, I could see the immediate and the long-term price that was being extracted out of his soul. As bad events followed, it seemed as though the Life was extracted a price for each moment of weakness. To his credit, he did not let the negative overwhelm and dominate. With each hit, I watched a turning toward God. In a bittersweet mark, Life offers him a fresh start with the resources to make it happen.
I am struck by the recurring truths that shape your life and mine.
We are rarely called to judge. I have yet to meet someone called to bear that burden. Life reminds me that Divinity will act when the time is right. Karma reflects the larger story.
Our paths do not have predetermined outcomes that cannot be changed. Every moment is an opportunity for a fresh course. We can turn towards compassion and community. While there are consequences, there is also hope and opportunities.
In the greater story, “Generous gets it all in the end; Stingy is cut off at the pass.” (Psalm 37.22) Love is the winner.