Updated: Oct 9
One of the many reasons I don’t watch the news is because of safety. Whenever I watch the news, I don’t feel safe. There is always something going on somewhere in the world that reminds us that we are not safe anywhere. At least that’s how I feel.
Somehow, the news always finds its way to me even if I don’t turn on the TV or search for it. These past few days everywhere I turned on social media, I saw some innocent faces smiling. The first one I saw, there was no caption. I only saw the pictures. Somehow, I felt like something was wrong because it didn’t look like a class picture nor a graduation. As I kept on scrolling, I kept on learning more about the shooting at the Robb Elementary school in Texas.
My heart was so heavy- still is. I can’t even begin to comprehend the hurt that those families are going through and the trauma the children that goes that school will continue to live with. We cannot discount all parents that may be anxious at this time. I keep seeing social media post from parents saying that they would not send their children to school anymore. I mean, who can really blame them? Again- safety is what we crave and our children are not safe. A lot of negative thoughts started to flash through my mind. The only thing that comforts me is knowing that in God there is a safe place.
Psalm 4:8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Even if in Psalm 4 David was pleading with God for something completely different than what my heart was feeling at the moment, I couldn’t help but share this verse with you. Only God can truly make us feel safe. I really had to remind myself that it doesn’t matter where I go and what I do it is by God’s grace that I am well. God is my covering.
There are some righteous anger. I was angry for a few moment. I’ve learned that there can be a blurry line between anger and sadness. I decided to turn my anger into prayer. If you are feeling angry or sad about the tragedy, take a moment to pray for the families who lost their loved ones including the person who killed the victims. For some reason, I couldn’t stop thinking about their family. That family must be dealing with conflicted emotions. Imagine being sad for the families that are hurting while your family is the one causing the grief. We truly have to pray for the world. Every time I talk to my dad about what is going on in this world, we always say that the final days are nearer than ever. We truly should pray for this world because we all need Jesus.
The next time the news remind you of how unsafe and cruel our world is, remember that the safest place in the world is God’s arms.
Psalm 91:1-2 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
Psalm 23:1-4 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me besides quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
May the Lord be your rest!
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