Every year we get hit.
Every three months we seem to get surprised by life… usually a major shift in the weather or the world around us that serves as a reminder of how fast things can and do change.
Each shock-wave life throws at us, provides a chance to renew our perspective on life and living. For those in middle America, the change from Winter into Spring is most turbulent. Moist warm air from the Gulf collides with the remnants of an Arctic air mass and WHOOMPH! We get tornado’s and straight-line winds strong enough to blow eighteen wheelers off the roads and house trailers off their foundations.
Spring is beautiful and warm and full of new life, but it’s also often violent, traumatic and painful, without a safe place to go in the sure to come storm, you could be at risk for a tragic event.
I’ve watched each night this week as one tragic news flash after another has scrolled across the TV screen or interrupted my radio station… ‘Breaking News, Bombing in “…. “Breaking News, explosion…, terrorist attack, hundreds injured…” etc… the relentless pace of the tragedies we face… have many of us on edge.
It feels like our world is starting to unwind itself a bit, fraying at the edges of sanity and bending back upon itself like an out of control episode of “24” with the secret agent hero not quite getting to the bomb in time and tragedy strikes the innocent. The hero doesn’t win the day and it’s just all twisted up and wrong…
When surprises turn nasty… life feels like the story we hoped to live in has been changed on us, instead of the “good” guys winning the evil and twisted villain seems to be in charge!
As families of faith, we must remember that is NOT true. God is still in control, He is the author and finisher of all things and His will cannot be stopped regardless of how crazy our world becomes.
Our comfort is in something and someone greater than the US Government or a positive report from Fox or CNN News… we have a source of strength that comes from more than our emotional resilience, it has roots in the most powerful hope that mankind has ever witnessed. Our faith has a rich history of God making good things out of bad and redeeming our past failures into future triumph. It’s the power of love un-restrained and its hopeful heartbeat is found in us, in those who follow and take the name of Christ for their own.
Spring is a turbulent season every year, but for those who know where their strength comes from… in the midst of tragedy can be found peace no matter what’s going on outside our door. Our hearts are broken for the innocent lost and the senseless violence in our world, but in the end… as a Christian we have a way to find purpose and strength in the pain. Perspective that comes from knowing the King of Kings and faith in His ability to provide justice and meaning in all of the chaos around us.
Living our lives despite the dangers shows our kids… we are safe, secure, and together as a family. Our homes a reminder that we are all being held together in the midst of any storm, by a faithful God who cares for each of us deeply.
Psalm 107:28-31 (ESV) – source Biblegateway.com
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
29 He made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad that the waters[c] were quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!