Pandemic – Hard Questions

SO much chaos in the world all around me . . .
SO many hate-filled, insulting words spoken and written . . .
SO many others I thought I knew who have shocked me
not reflecting any care for anyone else . . .
WHAT is the answer . . . how I can respond in a way that takes me to the “higher road”
so I do not become
just like those I find myself resenting and fearing?

The pandemic has turned out to be not just a health issue
physically — but also a “heart condition” issue revealing
much about us as we see how we as people could be so
easily divided into “us against them” and display such deep
anger and rebellion against often unnamed foes while
believing all sorts of “stories” that seem to be created to
earn money and gain power over the “groups” and tribes
we have joined driven by their manipulation of fear . . .
all it seems to take is a YouTube video to be considered
“valid” especially if it presents some threat or identifies someone
or some group as “evil” . . .

SO, I thought about my friends and family members
who have been deceived
and asked myself some questions . . .

What if these people, just like me,
are struggling to be where they are
at the moment?
What if, just like God showed me
in my own life,
unconditional Love
is the only thing that can bring them
to a point of healing and growing
in their relationship with God?

What if, just like me, their attitudes
are a defense against pains and wounds
either being perceived by them
now or past hurts?
What if their hearts are filled with fear
I cannot understand because I am
not where they are?

What if I stop looking at them
as the “enemy” and start
looking at them as
“just like me” but with
different experiences on
their path of life and, therefore,
different areas of strength and
weakness?

What if God looks at them with
His eyes of Love,
drawing them to Him through
the experiences He allows,
just like me?
What if, just like me,
they don’t see beyond the moment or
control their fleshly responses to
what happens in life?
What if, just like me,
they resent those who
seem to stand between them
and what they think
they should be doing?
What if . . .
they are just like me???

Heart thoughts today—
and God said:
“let there be light”
and there was light . . .
What if God is still saying
“let there be light”
because
God is saying
“MY Grace is sufficient”
to all of us . . .

About Jeanne

a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6. My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)! I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting! Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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