What happens… happens. This kind of thinking is very common. It also is a good description of existential thought. That is, the idea of ‘whatever will be, will be.’ (That would make a nice little song) Although I lean toward existential thought because it starts with our humanity before going into thinking, philosophy or even faith; I steer away from it because it has tendency to make our human thoughts into God thoughts, or God becomes what I have decided in my humanity leaving little place for the Spirit. What happens… happens, but what happens is bigger than me.
The same idea is in the popular comment, ‘It is what it is.’ This too must be elevated beyond the human existence cycle to a Father in Heaven who is totally responsible for all that happens, or ‘it is what it is’ because it belongs to a will bigger than mine. This can be tricky because anything that is adverse is ‘well, I guess it’s God will,’ and anything that works for us is one of our good ideas. This leaves God as much the bad guy as the good guy and loses all similarity of Kingdom relationship between a Father and son. This is how theology gets goofy in a hurry.
Much of what happens is because of our decisions. And then again, by faith what happens is a decision of God. I think I better go sing that little song and cool off. ‘Que Sera, Sera, Whatever Will Be, Will Be…’
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus