We live in a messed up world, y’all.
I’m reminded of this everyday, with every terrible news report that I happen to hear (though I try not to hear too many), with every heartbreaking story, with every injustice that steals the lives of the innocent, with every tactic of the enemy to destroy what God has called good and holy.
I don’t like to think about these things. I don’t like to let it infiltrate my blog either, because I want this blog to be a place of beauty and joy. But perhaps by admitting that these things weigh heavy on my heart, I can also share the hope that is within me–the hope that’s within all of us that have our faith in something greater than mankind.
If our faith is in mankind, when we look at reality, we will be depressed. But if our faith is in Yahweh, Almighty, if we truly believe that He sent His only Son to die for us. To redeem us. To restore back to Him even the worst of sinners. Then we will have hope. We will have joy. Because we’ve read the end of the Book. We know that His is the victory.
Even in the darkness, we will have light.
Because every terrible news report shows our desperate need of a Savior.
Every heartbreaking story cries for a Healer.
Every terrible injustice calls for the King of Kings.
It all points us back to Him.
The world will try to bring us down. Fear will try to steal our joy. But hope is calling to us. Waiting for us. Longing for us to reach out and hold His hand. His perfect love casts out fear. His joy is our strength. His peace surpasses all understanding.
This is the hope we have as believers.
I’m thankful for this hope. I’m thankful for the friends and family that remind me of it. I’m thankful for the birds that still sing in the tree tops and the flowers that still bloom each spring. I’m thankful for the continuity of life, despite how much the culture changes around me.
I’m thankful for the Word of Life that never, ever changes., and shows me the paths of life.
I’m thankful for the Light.