Once again the world stopped because of unbelievable atrocities that have taken place. This time in Paris, France. It didn’t take long for social media to light up with support and prayers for the people of our oldest ally. I cannot find words to adequately vocalize what I am feeling about this latest tragedy of human lives lost because of hatred. We’ve been here before, sadly we know what it feels like to have a bright sunny morning interrupted or a Friday night out on the town ended in blood and death. Truth be told, I find myself looking over my shoulder, wondering when it could happen in the United States again and could it happen here. It would be foolish of me to bury my head in the perceived safety and security of small town America. It would be selfish to look away and not read the stories of lives lost, of families changed forever or not pray.
It would be easier to look away, it would be more comfortable to ignore what hatred and darkness has done once again. I cannot nor do I want to be ignorant or uncaring of those who are suffering. I will watch the news and read the headlines as to what is happening in the world. I will remember, with God’s help, to pray for the people of Paris and the churches there who will be ministering to the hurting. What I don’t want to do is focus on the darkness and hate or throw my hands up in despair because it seems the bad guys are winning. I do not want to spend my days looking over my shoulder, wondering who is next or will it affect my loved ones.
What I want to do is focus on the Light of the world. I want to follow the One who will not lead me into darkness, but will be the light of life. (John 8:12) I want to trust God everyday, whatever that day may bring. All of life is an opportunity to ask God if I can trust Him. Will I tether my life to the Truth, to the Word of God?
A message by Pastor Rob on the issue of trust can be heard here.
Hannah wrote a post on Paris, a city she fell in love with last year. Reflecting on the City of Light