In the last few weeks, I have found out that two dear friends had miscarriages, one mama lost her two month old baby and another mom lost her exhusband & one year old daughter in a car accident. Add that to the current crisis in Nigeria and constant news coverage on ISIS and we are overwhelmed with tragic loss all around us.
Any person who has ever lived through grief has knows it’s hard not to ask why. Not to be angry. Not to want to blame someone else. The question asked most often is why does God allow these things to happen? Why would he create life just to take it away? Well, friend, I don’t have the perfect answer but I do know that God is not the author of evil.
It’s hard to cling to the Creator who we are tempted to blame but overcoming the grief of my own loss has helped me realize that it is Jesus who gives us hope. He doesn’t take life away. There is one enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Christ comes to give us life to the fullest (John 10:10).
I do believe that we should allow ourselves to grieve. It’s part of our journey into understanding. Asking the hard questions can bring healing. But with that said, I think we should continually pray for peace because it is easy cling to bitterness. When we choose hope, it helps us let go of the anger that Satan wants to breed within our hearts and minds.
Last night, my bible study group discussed the lies that Satan feeds us. Telling us we are failures. Wanting to distract us with feeling depressed, unloved or leading us to believe that he/she/they have it better.
Well, friends, no one has it better. Some people may have bigger houses, sure. More money, yes. But as Biggie Smalls said, “Mo Money, Mo problems.” It is not things or dollars that make us rich but our relationships with the people around us. When we choose to surround ourselves with love, we are richer than any billionaire.
So I ask you today to choose love. Choosing love is turning off our phones to play with our kids. It’s turning off the TV and inviting a friend over. It’s taking the time to call your parents and grandparents. It’s reaching out to the person you know is lonely. Choosing to forgive instead of hate.
There is so much brokeness in the world. Evil chooses hate. Let us choose love. Choose hope and spread it to the world around us. I pray that if you are hurting, you will reach out. No one is meant to do life alone. And we all deserve to be loved. We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)