Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hope Is Not Lost, There Is Good Worth Fighting For!

There is a lot of turmoil in our world today and in the past several...well...past several days, months, years. This morning we are saddened to learn of the deaths of the four Americans held captive on their yacht by pirates. They were on a mission to distribute Bibles to remote villages and had been doing so on and off since 2004. Our hearts and prayers go out to their families and friends. Likewise, our hearts and prayers go out to those in Christchurch, New Zealand who have suffered severe and horrific damages from a recent Earthquake.

I don't know about you, but with this sadness along with the unrest in the Arab world, disease and famine spreading through regions far and wide, there is much that comes to my mind. Great sadness accompanied by a great desire to get out and do something, a sense of urgency that we are truly living in the final days (or decades, who's to say?). A wavering hope and questioning of whether or not it's too late, is all lost and doomed to destruction? As believers we have to be strong against these fears and emotions of despair, but at the same time we shouldn't ignore them, but instead let them fuel the urgency to be on the move and about the work of the Lord.

There are several Truths that come to mind in the midst of these world events. One being the most important that God is and always will be on the throne. He is the ruler over all and in that promise we have great hope and comfort that nothing is out of His hand or beyond His control. "Have not I commanded you, Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

The second truth is the reality of the words of Jesus Christ in John 4:35, "Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!" The harvest is still great. There are still many people who need to hear of the Lord's mercy, grace, love, and hope. We experience these times of despair and are quickly pulled from them by the blood of Jesus Christ, but what of those who have no hope? How do they handle such news and devastation?

I am reminded of the passage from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. There was much war, death, and destruction all around. The chance for peace relied on the journey of two little hobbits, Frodo and Sam. They were so small and felt so powerless and hopeless. At the end of the second movie, Frodo and Sam find themselves in the midst of a fierce battle. So much suffering and death causes the two to question whether they should even continue their journey. All seems lost. Yet, Sam stands up and looks out over the field of sad faces and replies, "There’s some good in this world, Mr.
Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for." (LOTR: Two Towers Script)

There is good in this world and it IS worth fighting for! One day, whether near or far, our Lord will return and redeem us from this world and welcome us into an eternal life of peace. I am so ready for that! But the time has not come and until He commands time to stop, we have to be on the move. There is good in this world, there are souls worth fighting for! 

Just when all hope seems lost, take a look at this picture to the left and what do you see? A smile formed by the Father's creation itself. Three birds that just happen to be flying in this formation, with their wings just by coincidence forming in such a way to display a comforting smile from the Father. He wants us to know that He is here and He is with us. We are not alone and we are not left to fight alone. He is our comfort, our portion, our strength. "I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God" (Isaiah 45:5a).

Here is a song of comfort from Hillsong United. When we call on the Lord, He will answer us and come to our rescue!  Can't view here? Click on the Link to go to the page.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Amanda, thanks for stopping by Granny Annie. Glad you like my blog. Be sure to stop by the other's as well. I am a new follower of your blog, which is great!

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  2. Thank you so much for stopping my and your nice comment.

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