By Susan Klemond



Have you ever felt you were in the wrong place at the wrong time?

While taking a walk my neighborhood one evening this summer, I waited at the edge of a street for a break in the traffic so I could cross.

Since I was standing on a spot that was designated for crossing but wasn’t an official crosswalk, I wasn’t expecting anyone to stop for me. One driver did, though.

Unfortunately, a young man in the car behind him didn’t see this Good Samaritan’s brake lights and crashed into the stopped car, causing great damage to both vehicles. Thankfully no one was seriously injured.

I watched this terrible event occur in seconds.  I hadn’t even stepped off the curb.

In the weeks that followed I wrestled with the fact that the accident wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t decided to go for a walk.

I was reminded of another time six years earlier when I’d felt this way, though the outcome for me then was worse.  A truck hit me and broke my leg—and that time I was in the crosswalk.

As much as I wished I could have avoided these situations and not disrupted lives, I have to believe God has brought good out of all this. For one thing, I wouldn’t have prayed for any of those drivers if our paths hadn’t crossed. 

As Romans 8:28 says: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Voices in the environmental movement say that the world would be better off if humans weren’t in it. And some celebrities have vowed to forego having children to avoid harming to the planet.

I believe God meant for us to be here on earth, even if we sometimes wreck things and don’t take care of the environment as well as we could.

He loves us as part of his creation. From today’s first reading in Wisdom: “For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made. … And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it; or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you?”

Even though the events of life can seem painful or senseless, we can find comfort in knowing God is transforming us through them. As St. Paul writes in the second reading from Thessalonians: “That our God may make you worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose and every effort of faith.”

God loved the world so much that he gave us his Son. Jesus wasn’t born in the wrong place or the wrong time, though maybe if he hadn’t left a carbon footprint, a tree might have been saved.

Of course we should save trees as we care for creation, but I am thankful that Our Lord chose to give his life on a tree to save us.


About the author:

Susan Klemond is a Minnesota writer who loves delving into faith, Church, vocations, family and life issues for articles she writes in Catholic publications. She especially enjoys interviewing inspiring people of all backgrounds for her stories. When she’s not writing she’s usually cooking, reading or gardening.