Nothing happens by chance. There are no coincidences. There is a purpose for everything. When a difficult period or tragedy strikes, you have to ask what purpose it holds for you. This may be difficult when you are in the midst of it, but it is important to ask this question when you have begun to come out of the anger or grief. The purpose is not for God to punish you or because you are a bad person. God is Love, and you are Love. And He is trying to help you remember that. This Love can be seen when adverse circumstances are viewed from a much higher perspective. Again, ask yourself what it is that you are being shown. Often it is a false belief or system of beliefs that do not serve you and block your awareness of His Presence.