Hi +Jim Mooney
. my view is that we are the evolutionary-sensing pods of the Universal Consciousness. Everything in the Universe is evolving, so it is logical that the Universal Consciousness is evolving at the same time, and also logically through each of us as Its/Her vehicles. The "terrible situations" are, IMHO, only "terrible" in our minds, but they are precisely the evolutionary adaptation that She is investigating through each of us and all the situations in which we find ourselves dancing.
As the Beatles sang in "I Am the Walrus", "i am (S)he as you are (S)he as you are me as we are all (One) together".