Everywhere you go, whether it be a church, a family gathering, an election booth a grocery store, it seems a huge black cloud is hanging over us. The every day events of living have lost their joy. Faces are hidden by masks so we can’t even read what’s going on behind them. Gloom and doom. Death and destruction. Hatred, crime, “peaceful demonstrations,” looting, murders, beheadings, slander, illicit business dealings and on and on and on. The world is an ugly place.
Sometimes we simply must escape from the madness of all of it. Last night as we sat to relax in front of the TV, we were bombarded with political ads up the kazoo, so decided to retreat to YouTube for a diversion. We chose to watch a documentary on Andrew Jackson, military leader and seventh president of the United States. He served for two terms and his claim to fame was bringing the common man into the political arena.
As the story unfolded, this man became known as the recipient of political slander, misunderstanding and for his unfair treatment of slaves and Native Americans. He was a self-made man who pulled himself up by his bootstraps, overcame the loss of his family, fell in love with and eloped with a married woman, was the subject of great criticism and thought to be unfit for political office. In a way, in our attempt to retreat from the current political rhetoric, we were placing ourselves in the middle of more of the same. I looked at my husband and we laughed to realize you simply can’t escape some of the madness.
This year is taking the brunt of all our misery so far. 2020 has already been basically written off by most people as one they want to forget, but who knows what lies ahead? Will it be more of the same – a failed economy – loss of jobs – death – wars – pestilence – terrorism? We certainly have had our share of obstacles to overcome, but if we dwell on those obstacles instead of looking at them as opportunities, we’re not only giving up – we’re giving in to the negativity that’s currently feeding our nation.
When we realize that we have no control over the things that we fear the most and turn it over to the only One who can make things right, we will get back on track. There is so much of the unknown right now, but we can be sure of God’s protection, His promises and His love. He never changes. He is God. Even when we’re overwhelmed, He will provide a solution. We simply need to stop dwelling on the bad and look for the good things that will come from this. We need to be still and know that He is God.
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”