The past three weeks has been a bit chaotic for me both mentally and emotionally. I’ve been speechless, as I look at the issues that has befallen our humanity. I have thought critically about the different voices – of accusation and hate.
First with the COVID-19 and then with the voices (the world) in anger – the cultural divide deepens as voices raise up with cries of injustice and the mores. It reminds me that the world we live in is not my heaven. It’s my hell.
I think what bothers me is that it is so easy to fall into the chaos of our time – it springs forth with vicious intensity and before we know it, the mood is dark and hateful. I keep silent as I read and listen to both sides. I draw upon my own experience as a person of colour. In the end, I tune out of all the negative din and turn off the T.V and news. I refuse to use the “race card”. I refuse to be a pawn.
I am reminded:
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 NIV
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 King James Version
As we walk in troubled times, something to remember is to look to God’s word and draw near to Him. To know Him. To recognize that the world we live in is our hell.
When days are tough, it’s easy to fall into a slump – it is easy to escape into the ways of flesh and stop reading the Bible and talking to God. Not only do we need tune out of the negative din around us – we need to turn off the news – it’s not our narrative! The past three weeks, the negative vibes has found me cranky, depressed, and in a physical down spin. I’m am sadden by the human condition only to be reminded in Gods words to rejoice even in times of trouble:
Let us not fall into the din of our living hell, but rather let us rejoice: “I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the a lord.”
Note: theres a song that comes to mind when I’m down. It’s one I learnt as a child in Sunday school, and it’s a source of comfort in troubled times: Trust and Obey