A devastation like the one in Haiti holds with it the capability of causing great turmoil in one's spirit--unrest and uncertainty while questioning the power and love of God on high. I am not naive. These are difficult things with which to grapple--difficult situations to rectify in light of our theology of goodness and grace. But here's the thing. Whenever we begin with a situation and try to define God through that situation, erroneous thoughts will rise and hopelessness will peek its unwanted head. But there is another way!
I pray that we begin with God. Begin with His revelation of Himself--He is love, He is faithful to His children, He knows the beginning from the end, He has purpose in all He allows, He is omnipotent, He is omnipresent, and He works all things, all things, all things, together for good to those who love Him and keep His commands. He is not at the mercy of weather. He is not at the mercy of man. His ways cannot be contained. He can be fully trusted. Let's begin there. Let's stand there as our rock and our foundation.
Once His character has been established in our own hearts and minds, then we can beseech Him with our questions. He may never reveal the why. But I can believe with all my heart that His motive and provision for His own is driven by love--because that is who He is! Isaiah 54:10 declares "'For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, (His own) Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,' says the Lord, who has mercy on you." Fall down here and believe. Then ask how He would have you--have me--respond to those in need.
We serve a powerfully sovereign God who loves uncontainably. Begin with Him.