The world is heavy. With each news story there is another tragedy. Stories of people loosing their homes, wars between races, addictions, the constant need to update for the acceptance of virtual friends, comparison, feeling unworthy, babies being killed as if they don't matter, elections with no credible candidate, and an acceptance of evil pour into my home from the news each day. And with each new story, I find myself forgetting hope. I become downtrodden, worrisome, and anxious. I forget Who reigns. I forget to bask in His present grace and look toward His future grace. I forget it isn't over. And I forget that in the middle of all this sin, and evil, and tragedy, there is beauty unfolding.
I am the gatekeeper of my home. I determine what comes in and what comes out. It is a blessing, but it is also the greatest responsibility of my life. When I think of the immense strength and energy I need to do it right, my knees buckle under the pressure and land me before the throne of God, asking for His wisdom and mercy to guide my steps. I cannot do this alone. J and I cannot do this just the two of us. We need supernatural strength to stand firm when the world comes knocking. We need supernatural energy to keep pressing on toward that high calling. We need supernatural ears to hear the guidance of His Spirit. We need supernatural speech to speak words that edify and glorify His name. We need supernatural hands to serve where He calls us, and to lift up those in need. We need supernatural hearts that desire for Him to reign. And we need supernatural eyes to see His gentle, loving graces fill our home each day.
Even when the world seems dark and cold, there is a light leading the way to a glorious beauty unfolding. Whether it be in the smile of a stranger, or the glimmering autumn leaves, or the breeze that makes sitting outside finally bearable. Whether it be in the smell of a home-cooked meal, or a written word that knocks you off your feet, or the comfortable, warm embrace of the person you love most in this world. Whether it be in the laughter of your child, or the sweet smell of baby skin, or the first view of your morning being two sisters, learning to love with a love that cannot be described.
There is beauty unfolding all around. It's time to shut the world out, forget the news, fall at His feet, and ask for His eyes to guide you to His everyday graces.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think on these things.