The mayor of New Orleans said that God sent the hurricane because he's mad about the war in Iraq and racism. Pat Robertson said that God struck Prime Minister Sharon to punish him for his policies with Israel. I'm continually hearing from people who know what God wants. How do people know? Wouldn't it be better to admit that we don't have a direct line to the mind of the Almighty (other than through scripture--which still must be interpreted)? We need to practice the disciplines of spiritual discernment: reading scripture, praying, listening, living in community, seeking wisdom, etc. But like a wise, loving parent, God wants us to actually make choices. He isn't just waiting to be joyful or disappointed, depending on whether or not we figured out what he wanted. He has invited us into the journey.