I don’t feel safe anymore.
I used to think of war as something far away from me that I would never need to worry about. Sure, people in America can be evil but tribes killing tribes, women being raped and murdered, babies being thrown in the streets?
Those things don’t happen in my country.
Yet over the last two weeks my anxiety has grown by leaps and bounds when I see one incident after another, after another, after another happening right on my screen.
Police officers shooting citizens, citizens opening fire on police men.
Terrorists running over children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly.
A country divided waging war against political opponents that fuel the hate and separation.
Then there’s ISIS declaring war on the West while murdering innocent people because of their religion, their gender, their sexual orientation, and really, because.they.can.
I’ve never felt frightened to go to the grocery store, to the movie theater, or my own church.
But as I quietly listen to all the noise being spewed by evil, propaganda, and people who only care about themselves I start to worry about my family’s safety.
No longer can we ignore this world that’s on fire.
We’re consumed with what the latest trend is on Facebook, who the latest celebrity is dating or divorcing, how to get a body like hers, and why our children aren’t getting first place in everything they do.
I’m guilty of these distractions and more. I let my desires for complacency become a way of dealing with (or not dealing with) the world.
Now I know most of us are mothers, wives, employees, sisters, friends, and on and on. We have so many daily responsibilities that to even think of helping to end terrorism seems ridiculous! But there are things we can do in our own homes to combat the pure evil that is running rampant across innocent lives.
1 Become knowledgeable of the countries in danger. France has been the target lately. Why? Learn the names of those in charge and pray for them to be right with the one God who gives hope to the hurting. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalms 46:1
2. Get your kids involved. Children only need a small piece of the information to know something is wrong. I have told my children there are things happening around our world and in our country that hurt God’s heart. My older son (age 11) knows about the police shootings. Pray with your kids out loud. Let them hear you lift up our country to God, the giver of life and free choice. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. 1 Peter 3:11
3. Understand that God is in control. It’s hard for me to grasp why these things are happening. A comforting thought for my heart is that God knew these shootings would happen, these terrorist attacks would take place, and our country would be in dire need of Him. TRUST God’s plan is bigger than ours. He has a purpose we cannot fathom. Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Proverbs 29:5
4. Talk to your spouse, friends, or others you trust about what’s going on. They can offer comfort and reassurance in times like these. It’s difficult to process disturbing occurrences on your own. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
These are just a few ways to help us process what’s happening in our world. I pray for a new awakening across this country and others, for people to turn from hate and bitterness to a new life made whole through Christ.
Do you have any suggestions for how we can come together as believers to deal with our world today? I’d love to hear from you.