Last night at our Wednesday night Bible Study, one woman had a praise, "Thank you God for taking care of my daughter." I think that we've all prayed prayers similar to this one.
This particular case made me think though. This woman told the story about her daughter traveling during bad weather and making it home safely. She also shared, I think to illustrate the treacherous conditions, that someone else was not so fortunate and lost her life in an accident.
My wife leaned over to me and asked, "Does that mean that God does not take care of those who don't make it home safely?" She asked this not as a poor reflection of the individual sharing the testimony but as a deep theological question.
Can we determine whom God has taken care of based on who makes it home safely? If not, why do we pray and converse like that?