What bothers us most is the lack of control. And thus a lack of hope.
As humans we are designed to want to control. Our decisions. Our environment. Even control others.
We are planners. Always looking to the future. Hoping for a better day. Another victory. And in this present time we are trapped in our past, do not like our present and cannot see clearly to our future.
And this “reality” is what weighs heaviest on the human spirit.
I, like you am worried. About my children. About their future. About my family’s future. About my country. About my world. I sense when all of this is over, which it will be, we will be living in a new normal. And will I be able to accept that new normal? I already know I am not going to like it.
Clearly He has allowed the luxury of control and planning to be taken away from us.
Because He is trying to get our attention. We are a profligate bunch, are we not? Even those of us who call him Abba, deep in our silent moments can recognize that we too are bent to follow our own will. Not His. But Let us not forget that “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. “
I reluctantly have come to accept that God is allowing this time of weaning. And that is what it is. We as a human race have become too dependent on ourselves, our will, our desires, our possessions, technology, and our own plans. None of us are righteous. All are bent to selfishness and ego. All – even all- have turned away from God and chased after other idols. Lest us not forget when this occurred during the time of Moses, God opened up the earth and swallowed the Israelites. What makes us think we can escape the same correction?
This time of weaning is about correction. God is no longer sending His prophets to call to us from the wilderness and make straight the paths for the way of the Lord. He is no longer whispering into the ears of Elijah. He is now shouting. We are forewarned that He will allow tribulation in our lives to get our attention.
So what must we do, daughters and sons of Jesus?
We must be diligent. We must offer perspective. We must be hope. Note I didn’t say hopeful. I said HOPE.
In a post 9/11 world I remember seeing a country of broken-hearted people turn back to their Father. That too was a time of weaning. And now it is on a global scale. We must be the voice of HOPE, the flavor of salt, the reflection of light.
Now more than ever is the time to heed Jesus’ guidance in Matthew 15:13-16.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house….”
Let us not be wearied in doing good. In showing patience. With others. With ourselves. Let us be constant in pointing to God. In reminding ourselves and others that like a Shepard who searches for his one lost sheep, a Father who celebrates the return of his prodigal son, a husband who forgives and accepts back his adulteress wife – that GOD is in that business of righting the wrongs.
It is not His will that one, EVEN ONE, shall be snatched away from His ever-loving hands. In His economy every person (even reporters and politicians 😉 ) are pearls of great worth.
Let us be diligent in prayer, allow our words to be full of seasoning, use our arms and hearts to be full of love and compassion and even when that angry, afraid, nasty-mouthed person grabs that last pack of toilet paper right out of your hands… Show the patience of Job, the agape love of Christ and offer the HOPE of the Kingdom. It is hard. It is not natural. But as God’s spirit is clearly on the move right now, we can choose to be part of it and offer others hope or be hopeless.
So hope onward. Upward. And “let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Amen and amen.