FAITH

When bad news overwhelms us; the antidote.

Intentionally remember God’s faithfulness.

I wrote this statement a while back as a prompt for future posts.

It was going to be about how God has been faithful to us.

It was going to be about how and why it’s important to take the time to purposely and intentionally remember the very specific ways God has been faithful to us as individuals.

But when we’re faced with some horrendous act, God’s faithfulness to us takes on new meaning, doesn’t it?

A few weeks ago my  ninety-one-year-old mother said to me, “I don’t understand. What makes people do things like this?” (In reference to a horrific local news story.)

I had no answer.

But I was mad.

mad

I was mad that my mother has to feel a moment of fear at her age. She should be able to turn on the television and not be bombarded with all the evil in the world.

Are you wondering where I’m going with this?

Evil, whether perpetrated against personally or not is so insidious that everyone who learns of it is negatively affected. We do not live in isolated pockets like we once did. People who live on farms are just has affected as those who live in crowded cities.

We do not live in isolated pockets like we once did. Anyway, whether on a remote farm or in a crowded city, if they have a TV, they know about it and it affects them.

horrific

We live in a world where violence in one geographical location frightens people in every corner of the world. No one is exempt.

Is our world more violent? Or is it that the news pundits through their continual news shows, make it so because we hear it more than once a day.

There was a time, and not that long ago, when we heard the news only in the evening. That was it. One time a day.

Now we hear it and read it on our phones, our computers, and our TV’s, constantly. We can’t get  away from it.

Except last week, I kinda’ did.

We were at “Teeny, Tiny, Red Cabin” and we don’t have internet service. Our phones have “iffy”phone service so we only heard the news a couple of times a day. It was so peaceful. I’ve never made that connection before, that one of the reasons being at the cabin is so peaceful, is because I’m not bombarded with bad news.

So what to do?

I’ll bet if we started keeping track of every little good thing that comes into our lives every day, the scales would weigh in favor of the good.

Why?

Because God is always “blessing”. God and his blessing are intertwined.  God and his goodness can’t be separated. We simply don’t keep track of each and every way He steps into our lives to rescue us, protect us, bless us, love us……

God is love

So if you’re like me and getting tired of all the bad, take the antidote and concentrate on God’s goodness.

Remember what he has done for you.

This is not a “stick your head in the sand” kind of approach. We need to be aware of world events. We need to know what evil exists so we can attack it a number of ways.

But for those times, when the news is nothing but bad, think on God’s goodness.

God bless and I hope you have a good new.