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“Beautiful souls are shaped by ugly experiences.” Matshona Dhliwayo
This week I was asked the question, “What is God trying to say to us with all the stuff that seems prevalent in our world?” I wish I could tell you that I had the best answer to Carol’s question, but the reality is I do not know the answer. Do you? If so, give me a call and share the wisdom you have accumulated. People like to ask and speculate on questions like, “Is this the end times?” Isn’t that a good question for us to ponder? I suppose, it depends on the reason you want to know, doesn’t it? Is your desire for knowledge about “control” issues that plague you? Is it us, as human beings, trying to control our own circumstances? Should we, literally, let go and let God?
The Bible teaches us NOT to try and predict the end of the world. What did Jesus say when his disciples asked about the end?
Mark 13.3- As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”
5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. 9 “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.
What a dilemma! We, in our humanness, want to know more information. When and where will all these things happen? And yet, Jesus said in Matthew 24.36 "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” I think the best answer I can share is: Live your life as if Jesus will be here in the next minute, hour, day, week… God may or may not have caused the calamity we are experiencing but we know God can use the calamity for good.
Solomon Northup, author of Twelve Years a Slave; “At such times, (trials) the heart of man turns instinctively towards his Maker. In prosperity, and whenever there is nothing to injure or make him afraid, he remembers Him (God) not, and is ready to defy Him; but place him in the midst of dangers, cut him off from human aid, let the grave open before him, then it is, in the time of his tribulation, that the scoffer and unbelieving man turns to God for help, feeling there is no other hope, or refuge, or safety, save in his protecting arm.” Maybe that is the positive side of life’s calamities; that we become open to God and God’s Kingdom.
Do I have any advice for you to consider or cling to? Yes, within this story; a doctor had to give a painful shot to a four-year-old girl. When she learned what the doctor was about to do, her face showed her anxiety and her body tensed. As the doctor picked up what looked to the little girl to be a needle large enough to kill an elephant, she turned her eyes to her father, who then took her hand and fixed his eyes on hers. An expression of confidence and calmness came on her face. She knew she was not alone and found comfort, not in her father’s spoken answer, but in his presence with her in her time of trial.
The best advice I can give you is taking your Father’s hand (Father God, Jesus and or the Holy Spirit). Fix your eyes upon God and find comfort in knowing that God is present with you… 24 hours a day… 7 days a week… and 52 weeks every year… God is with you… always. I think understanding that God is always with us will give us confidence and calmness in the face of life’s adversities.
Thank you, God, for your continual love, mercy, grace and presence.
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From our burrow to yours.
A fellow Prairie Dog occasionally poking my head out of my burrow.