The world seems to be spinning out of control, even more than usual. I was hanging with my mom this morning watching news and it was almost as if they didn’t have time to cover everything going on. I kept thinking, “When are they going to mention the earthquake in Mexico?”
It’s a mess. Human efforts to make the world a better place should never be abandoned — we have God-given roles to fill. We are stewards of God’s creation and can play vital roles in terms of redemption, and we see lots of beautiful stories pouring out of Texas and Florida. Yet at the same time it’s inane to ignore the simple fact that we live in a fallen world. Jesus was unambiguous when He said “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV
These are words to live by during these dark days. None of these storms or quakes or fires have caught God off guard. He knows the troubles we face. He knows how many hairs are on your worried little head, and mine too. But take heart! This life isn’t all there is. Jesus has overcome the world. He’s gone on to prepare a place for those of us who have given our lives to Him. This whole life — whether hard and full of sorrow or privileged and marked by ease — is a blip on the screen of eternity. The whole goal is to know Him, praise Him and give Him glory — to reflect Light in the darkness as best we can.
Praying today that just like the children’s song, no matter what my circumstance, that I’ll be faithful to let my light shine. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.
Love to all,