RUMINATIONS

By Lisa Huddleston

I have not been writing, but I have been thinking.  And my best thoughts have encouraged me not to write.  So many have been writing and so many have been quick to express thoughts that would have been better left unsaid.  I confess to having written and deleted many comments on Facebook and Twitter.  I am glad that I refrained–until now.

Our nation appears divided, and if the media is right, we hang on the precipice of the next financial disaster.  Just as a noreaster added insult to injury in the hurricane damaged northeast, our election-weary country faces more turmoil.  It’s little wonder that people are afraid.  Change is here, and change breeds fear.  And fear causes sane people to act in insane ways.

According to a brief study (bing web search), the words “fear not” appear 365 times in the Bible.  One for each day of the year.  Shallow research but maybe a deep reality.  God does not want us to act in fear.  We are his, and he is in control.

I read some very wise words this morning that I will not refrain from sharing.  When Peter and the rest of the apostles refused to keep the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection to themselves, the religious high council decided to kill them, but one Pharisee named Gamaliel advised them to let God reveal the truth.  “So my advice is, leave these men alone.  If they are teaching and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown.  But if it is of God, you will not be able to stop them.  You may even find yourself fighting against God” (Acts 5:38-39).

God is in control.  I don’t need to fear the change that our nation faces.  Even if it leads us to financial or moral hurricanes that destroy our old coast lines causing us to redefine our borders.  It is good to be forced to look at what matters to us.  It is good to be stripped of facades that really are nothing more than sand.  It is good to recognize that there is only One who remains unchanged.

Enough for now.  Perhaps my plan should be to speak (write) when spoken to.  O Lord, give me ears to hear.

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