There is so much to be thankful for in a world that seems to have run amok. We wonder where God is in all this, but can’t seem to put our finger on Him. We know His promises are always kept. He doesn’t lie and He loves us unconditionally. Still we can’t wrap our minds around what’s going on in our world. Where is God?
For months we’ve been shut out of the world by a disease. Yet when civil unrest overtakes a city, masks come off, social distancing is ignored and it seems there is no God. Where did He go?
We see loved ones dying, illness causing suffering, financial disaster causing a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. How will we pay our bills? How can we muddle through when we have no way to provide for ourselves? Where is God?
We see man’s inhumanity to his brothers as violence erupts in our city streets. Classrooms, once filled with students eager to learn, had lost a sense of discipline because of restrictions put upon educators. In the name of humane behavior, children lost respect for those in authority. They lost their trust of their elders and somehow they became the enemy. Where is God?
Small steps to the disintegration of a society have been taking place in our nation for a long time. Our political leaders spend money foolishly, investigate to the hilt with no results and push laws through that pull us further away from our Constitution. Buildings are burned, memorials are desecrated, tear gas disperses crowds, rubber bullets fly and order cannot be controlled. Law enforcement has become the enemy. Where is God?
Churches remain closed or restricted, we see unfair treatment of those who want to worship while big box stores remain open allowing many to shop for essentials at their own risk. Where is God?
Summer is right around the corner. A time of heat and restlessness usually occurs during this time. We have had a year like none other in our memory and we can’t help but wondering what we’re supposed to learn from all this. Can we recover from the difficulties of the past few months? Can we return to a peaceful society and life as we used to know it? Where is God?
God isn’t limited by the boundaries of heaven and earth. He can weave His way into the hearts of men and heal entire populations from disease, drought, famine, pain and loss. He can turn darkness into day. He will move mountains when necessary. He provides for the birds of the air and the animals as they struggle to survive. How much more will He care for us. God created our world. We messed it up. If we ask Him, He will heal our hearts, mend our bodies, restore peace, love away our emotional and physical pain.
God is everywhere. Just seek and you will find Him.