Three historically black Louisiana churches are receiving huge donations in the wake of the fire that destroyed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
There’s that old saying that God moves in mysterious ways. Some might think the Notre Dame Cathedral fire this week is an example considering what it’s doing for three Louisiana churches destroyed over a 10-day span.
Suddenly, people donated more than $1.8 million to rebuilding efforts for St. Mary Baptist Church, Greater Union Baptist Church and Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Authorities say the fires were deliberately set and have arrested a suspect, NBC News reported.
Monday morning’s fire at Paris’s famed Notre Dame Cathedral shocked the world. But it also inspired acts of generosity that totaled more than a billion dollars in donations.
Then a funny thing happened.
New  Yorker and HuffPost contributor Yashar Ali tweeted a challenge to donate to the churches. It went viral with more than 65,000 likes and 32,000 retweets.
And in less than 36 hours, donations for rebuilding of the three burned churches skyrocketed from $159,000 to more than $1.8 million.
Was this a ‘mysterious way’ of God?
You won’t find a Bible verse, incidentally, that claims God moves in mysterious ways. That phrase came into use most likely through a 1773 poem by William Cowper called “Light Shining Out of Darkness.”
But given that someone destroyed three historically black churches, I can see how some might conclude that the destruction of Notre Dame, and the resulting generosity toward all of the fire-ravaged structures, could have been divine intervention.
You must be willing to assume, though, that God would allow a historically-significant church like Notre Dame Cathedral to be lost, even temporarily, to save three others.
But you somehow almost must accept that God allowed the Louisiana churches to be lost to begin with.
It’s all in how you look at it, of course.
Maybe all of it was a coincidence — including the donations to the Louisiana churches. Maybe the tweet went viral because God put His hand over Twitter and made people notice.
Or maybe every step of it was God. Maybe God wanted to remind people that the church is more than a building.
We’ll never know in this lifetime, of course. We can hope that one day we might get answers to these types of questions.
But whether this was God working in one of his mysterious ways, it’s still nice to see so many people coming together to rebuild something they feel is so important.