This year has been, by far, the most radically off-centered year I have lived so far. We can all agree on that, can’t we?
We have a pandemic and now racism and division reaching its boiling point. And people are rioting and looting and it is just bizarre how, in a matter of days, it has gone from sadness and outrage over another man’s death to the “look at me” movement.
The people that are rioting and looting are doing no man justice. It’s become a free-for-all to see who can get the most attention. Law abiding citizens are being put on curfews for their safety and security, but seriously, for what?
Could it be that this is just another way to switch our eyes and our thoughts from the things that are disturbing our peace to the One who is our peace? Could it be that God is saying, “Look to me instead of what you are seeing on the t.v. and on the news and everywhere around you.” Would it not be better if we kept our eyes on the One who is our perfect peace?
Hear me, I know how easy it is to get caught up in the storm, and I am in NO WAY saying we should turn a blind eye to the situation that spurred this into motion. I also in NO WAY saying that I have not bitten the end of my tongue off trying to keep my mouth shut about the things I am seeing go down.
I am saying that we do move towards what we focus on. Being silent is not really an option, but there is a way to scream and cry at the top of our lungs about the injustice and violence that is seeping through our communities. The call to action is before us. Fall on your knees and pray.
My heart hurts and I am weary. We are living in some scary times, for sure. And yet, I am confident that God has it under control. How we choose to respond is up to us. One of the fruits of the spirit is self-control. Some days I don’t have a lot of that working in my favor, but I do today. Today I am choosing to go to Jesus with my feelings and thoughts. I am choosing to go to the One that can and will make all things new. I am asking for the strength to take every thought captive, and to love loudly. I am asking Him to deepen my compassion for those that are not exhibiting the finest in human behavior at the moment, and asking for the opportunity to share light even when it feels and looks so dark.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
I cannot understand the depth of the hurt that I have not experienced due to the color of my skin. I cannot understand the pain that the many families who have suffered loss at the hands of another human of another skin color have felt and are feeling now.
What I do know, is that God is asking for our attention all over the place. Look to Him and remember what He says.
“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because of this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. ” 1 Peter 3:9