In the midst of chaos
My heart has been stirred to write briefly about the chaos plaguing the world. There are so many mass shootings happening in schools, movie theaters, concerts, in public markets that it seems like every week there is another one somewhere. Bombings throughout the world, random acts of violence, human trafficking, and I was even told by a missionary that there is still ethnic cleansing happening in the country she serves in! Chaos. Worldwide chaos that gets closer to home every single day. Even if that specific violence doesn’t touch us personally or someone we know, we are still in danger of becoming its victim on another level. If we are not careful, we can fall into either getting paralyzed with fear when going to any public place, becoming deeply discouraged/depressed or becoming numb to it altogether.
I just heard of the Stem School shooting in Colorado this morning. As my friend and I were chatting on the phone, she saw it on the news and sent me a picture of what she was seeing. (I edited the colors/effects and added words but did not alter the core picture). The children with their hands on their heads, a teacher present to keep them calm and a police officer with a large weapon to the right, protecting them and keeping watch. However, in this terrifying moment of panic, fear and surely chaos among these innocent children… just nestled off to the left side of the picture, a girl (maybe 9 or 10 years old) is seen praying. Hands folded, head bowed, eyes closed. Just praying.
That moment filled me with a mixture of so many emotions. She had it right. Someone so young, in the middle of terror and danger, knew where the safest place was to be. In HIS arms. I am confident that she had a level of peace and confidence inside her that not many ever experience in those situations.
This young lady gives me strength and hope. I am humbled at her composure. No one knows how they will react in any life or death situation. We don’t know how we will behave or react when chaos breaks out around us. But my determination, my prayer and my hope for us all is that we will have the wherewithal to remember in those moments big or small, where our strength comes from.
Psalm 46:1; God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 22:19; But you, LORD, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
Psalm 28:7-8; The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
Isaiah 33:2; …Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.
Isaiah 40:29-31; …but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Habakkuk 3:19; The Sovereig LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.
Ephesians 6:10; Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
* LORD, let us not become paralyzed with fear. Our confidence is in YOU! Let us not become numb to the chaos around us but let us live every day with a sense of urgency to love one another fully and completely as you have commanded. Let your kingdom come on this earth as it is in heaven. We love you and pray for your peace, love, healing and comfort to cover and infuse the victims of these terrible acts happening around the world. Show up and show out in their lives Lord as only you can! In Jesus name…AMEN.
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