To every action, there is a reaction. For any life event we have two choices, to prepare or react. God has demonstrated His "forethought rather than an afterthought."
"In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the PLAN of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will," (Ephesians 1:11)
In other words, the Lord has a plan for each of our lives that He has prepared for us. The definition of afterthought is "something done or said after other things because it was not thought of earlier." Forethought means "careful thinking or planning about the future." So many times after a tragic event we think, "what come I have done to have avoided that outcome?" We tend to live in the hindsight rather than in the planning that would have lead to avoidance.
If we are not careful tragic events left undiscussed or not finding solutions for the future; may just become "common place" and continue to occur. So, how do we prepare for the forethought life?
The only one that knows the future is the Lord. The Bible teaches us that God knows what tomorrow will bring before tomorrow is here. So, God is the source, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power" (Acts 1:7). We begin our forethought by seeking God in prayer. Yes, prayer is the channel of communication between people and the Lord. God speaks to people through prayer and the Bible.
Then, we must be actively seeking the plans, direction, and prescriptions that God gives to us. For me, when I find myself disobeying God, I find my life not being as healthy as it should be. I believe that our current culture of moral decay and violence is a direct result of our not listening and following the Lord's direction for our lives.
God wants us to plan, not simple react. When we plan with God we experience a positive tomorrow and we may avoid the tragic events of today.