Am I the only one who feels like she’s in some sci-fi, futuristic movie while out in public?
No, this isn’t another post on masks~
just stick with me here for a minute~
The other day as I shopped, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was in another world. Was this really my small hometown? Everywhere I looked there were masks.
Familiar faces all hidden. No smiles. Almost strangers~all behind masks.
I could see it in people’s eyes. Darkness.
Sometimes fear and sometimes even anger.
Rarely did I see light and happiness.
Joy was missing.
When the stay at home order had been given, I embraced it. Even though it was scary, I felt a peace as the entire world seemed to stop. I felt a nudge from God saying~ this is what it’s supposed to be like.
Schedules set aside.
Fast paced lives, jobs and activities all came to a halt.
Time was our friend.
Time with family.
Time with God.
Even though many felt caged, I felt a freedom~because God had given us that time. Time to reflect on our lives and on our Savior.
But then our “cages” were opened again and everyone forgot.
In just a few short months our world was turned upside down. Not only had our schedules become busier and more stressful, but fear and hatred seemed to triple over night. Our news feeds were filled with hateful words, arguments, political agendas and fear for our futures.
Both sides forgot.
We all forgot.
God can change all of this if He so chooses.
Our actions have only proved that we don’t truly believe God is in control. We have taken matters into our own hands and in so doing we have pushed aside the things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. Phil.4:8
Our trust shouldn’t rest solely on our leaders, laws, masks or medicine. Our trust shouldn’t be in politics or the news or even our pastors.
Our trust should only come from God. Hebrews 11:6
I’m not saying that we should sit idly by and let the chips fall where they may, but can I ask you~
are you praying for your leaders as often as you are complaining about them? Are you praying for the lost souls around you as much as you’re parading your political views across social media?
Our political agendas cannot save a soul from hell.
Read that again.
Our political agendas CANNOT save a soul from hell. Our political views cannot change hearts. There will always be division. There will always be sides.
He is and always has been.
It is God that will change hearts and it is Jesus that will save souls~
and in the saving, our world will be changed.
We won’t be hiding behind masks of fear and hatred. Our news feeds won’t be filled with darkness.
Have we learned nothing from Christ’s ministry here on earth?
Yes, we are a very messed up nation right now, but we must realize that a president isn’t the answer. A mask isn’t the answer. Hydroxychloroquine isn’t the answer. All the thousands of Doctors with their differing opinions aren’t the answer. Fox News and CNN aren’t the answer.
There is no other answer.
Why did He come to earth? Why did He die on the cross? In His own words~”I came to seek and to save that which was lost.” Like 19:10
“For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved” John 3:17
His light and His glory can overtake all that darkness. John 8:12, 9:5. Ephesians 5:8&9
His redeeming power is what will change hearts and lives.
That is what we should be praying for. That is what we should be parading across our news feed. The ONLY good news. The good news of the gospel.
Does it mean that all the bad, all the horrors and wickedness happening in our world will immediately go away? No. But it’s a start.
The gospel has transforming power and when we share it, God promises it will not return void. Isaiah 55:11. Once we realize this, even with our masks on we will begin to see change. We won’t see anger, hatred and fear in the eyes of those around us.
We will begin to see love and joy and peace. We will see longsuffering, gentleness and goodness.
We will see humbleness, meekness and faith~
and we will have HOPE. 💗
Galatians 5:22, Colossians 3:12-17,
Hebrews 6:19, Romans 5:1-5