Monday, November 30, 2015

Hope in the Headlines

Jeremiah 31:17
“There is [confident] hope for your future,” says the Lord; “Your children will come back to their own country.
Hebrews 2:13
And again [He says], “My trust and confident hope will be placed in Him.” And again, “Here I am, I and the children whom God has given Me.” 
Psalm 27:13
I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. 

Today, my news headlines read as the following:

A man killed his 7-year old son and fed him to pigs
Mom killed her son with Down Syndrome by putting hand sanitizer and perfume in his feeding tube

... There were more, I just stopped reading after that.

There has been another case of domestic terrorism.
And the world now has an enemy of unclear motivation and tactics - other than just causing massive amounts of casualties and panic.

If you are looking for hope among the news headlines, I am so sorry. Apart from the shootings, bombings (I think we're up to 7 in the last month?) child abuse stories, home invasions, and robberies... you may find one or two little cute stories about a puppy being adopted or a couple putting big money in a Salvation Army bucket. These aren't really life-changing, but they sell for one reason: people need something to take hold of. It seems like the world is going to Hell in a handbasket.
Oh, Mommas... I hate to tell you this, but the world really is doing just that.
The Earth is doomed to destruction. And not the global warming/ice cap melting/save the planet sort of way.

Seriously. It will get worse until the day the Lord takes his children home. But even Jesus says we have overcome the world. We overcome it daily; through His blood and through our testimony!

Oh, thank you Jesus for HOPE!

A few mornings ago, we realized absolutely nothing was remotely good on TV, and let the oldest watch some Veggietales. "God is bigger than the... booogeeemaan" they sang. And, oh, it filled both our hearts full of joy. Now, say what you will about cable and Netflix, but I'm so grateful that my 3 year old can hear a message of "God loves you and has a plan for your life" and I don't have to watch over the friggin commercials like a hawk. (Seriously.. Commercials?! Gah!)

Oh, to teach our children that we have hope. I don't understand violence against children. I don't understand not treating them as the precious vessels of possibility that they are. I'll never understand that. But I do understand desperation. I understand fear and depravity. I understand feeling completely helpless as my world unraveled to my feet. We will never understand the full story behind the news headlines. All we know is the world is a broken place. It's so broken that we need a new one.

And our children are here with us. In this broken world. In this terrifying place filled with boogeymen.

And God is still bigger.
He is still Faithful.
He is still our El Shaddai
He is still our Rock, our Shield, and our Exceeding Great Reward
He is still our Fortress, Deliverer, Defender, and Father
We are still his.

Mommas, it can be terrifying to watch the news, and know that little people are going out into that great big scary world. Every part of me wants my son to know only happiness, ponies, and success. But I can do better for him that shield him from all that can come against him: I can give his little precious heart HOPE that the God inside of him is bigger than anything that can come against him and that though the world is going to be full of disappointments, my God can turn anything for the good of those who seek him.

He's so tired right now. In his Batman jammies, tucked away in his toddler bed. The artillery fire is having a blast-a-thon gearing up for a deployment, and it's shaking the house. It can be a little unnerving. But I tell you what: I love that it's outgoing. I love that we're training men and women to be able to do this in their sleep so that the rest of us get another day of freedom with our Cheerios.

That's God.

What He does and calls us to do can be unnerving at times also. But we have the Big Guns. I pray so often the prayer of Elisha:
II Kings 6:17 “Lord, please, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servants eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha.
God let us see that we are in the middle of an army. Let us see that we are in the middle of your Grace and Mercy. Let us teach our children to have Hope in You!!!

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