I have been silent for longer than I intended. Words, so many words have tumbled through my mind like clothes in a dryer. Too many words have remained stuck inside. Pain deep in my gut for people I love; my friends, my family and my country. At times even pain over things within myself has come to the surface.
Amidst this time where the true nature of our world has surfaced… Where we finally see how crazy and bonkers things have been below the surface, hidden deep inside, revealing too many dark secrets from the depravity of sin… So much beauty has come forth. Healing is painful yet so breathtakingly beautiful. I would like to think that some of the turmoil we see is a nation beginning to heal.
It has been hope that has carried me during this time. I have learned that it is okay to not have the right words. It is good to have moments of silent reflection followed by breaking out in worship, because words and the feelings behind them become pointless when the nation is up in flames and no one wants to listen.
When words fail you. When pain runs deep. When healing needs to take place. When you need a miracle. When you stand before a giant. When everything is going up in flames. When life is good. When laughter comes from deep wells.
Worship through it all.
One of the things on my mind lately has been to fully enjoy today. It can be too easy to look ahead to tomorrow, next week or next month and get lost in the future. Worry can sneak in and steal your joy from today.
Our hope is not dependant on what happens tomorrow. Our hope comes from the Lord.
There are moments where it has felt like everything is at stake. There are moments of pain or difficulty that leave us wondering how we will support each other let alone ourselves.
Some of you have had your world turned upside down recently. Some of you have lost loved ones. Many of you are trying to figure out finances. It can be so easy to move forward into the future trying to make a plan on how to solve our losses.
But Jesus shows us a different way. He says, “Do not worry about tomorrow” (Matt 6:34). He reassures us that He will take care of us. He even offers an invitation for those of us who are weary to come to Him (Matt 11:28-30).
Enjoy today. Laugh. See the good and dwell on those things. Be present.