Anyone traveling through the upper midwest surely knows of a certain drugstore in Wall, SD. After all, it’s next to impossible to miss the billboards. I happened to be in the area and thought it would be fun to visit what has to be one of the all-time great tourist spots. The Wall Drug facility is immense and thankfully there are store maps conveniently located at each entrance. There’s a short summary of Wall Drug’s history in the brochure that includes the following statements:
- Our families agreed that we should all pray about the decision (for Ted & Dorothy Hustead to buy a small drug store in Wall, SD in 1931).
- We asked God’s guidance.
- In the end everyone felt that it was God’s will for us to go to Wall.
- But now that Dorothy and I were all alone here (in Wall, SD), we wondered if we’d heard God right.
Did God have a plan for this young pharmacist related to a location in Wall, SD? Was it God’s will for Wall Drug to prosper during the middle 1930s when so many people and businesses were struggling through the Great Depression? If so, then is it reasonable to believe that God picks and chooses which businesses will thrive and which ones will fail? If that is so, is it reasonable for one to believe that it is God’s will for many people to suffer financially because God has decreed this current recession?
I personally don’t think so as I don’t believe God is in the business of picking and choosing winners and losers – for eternal salvation, a business adventure, one’s health, or any number of other things. Could it be that it frustrates (or even angers) God when, as per the Wall Drug founders, people act out their faith based on “feelings” and then when circumstances change or situations become difficult, people question their faith?