“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Breathe. That’s what I’ve been telling myself the past couple of weeks. I’ve been watching what’s been happening in other parts of the world and it saddens me. There is so much violence and inhumanity. I often wonder, how could we have let it get this far? Where is the love?
Whenever I go down the “why?” rabbit hole, I have to remind myself to get into a space of openness. I need to remember to come from the Divine source in order to see things clearly and be available for what’s mine to do in this situation. What I find, is that it’s often out of my physical hands but not my spiritual ones. I still can pray and hold space for those who are hurting, those who are fighting and have faith that love will persevere.
Many people wonder where God is in all this suffering.
I’m reminded of a passage from a book by William F. Young, called The Shack. The main character is talking to God and he asks about how God could let terrible things happen in the world. God responds,
“…just because I work incredible good out of unspeakable tragedies doesn’t mean I orchestrate the tragedies. Don’t ever assume that my using something means that I caused it or that I need it to accomplish my purposes. That will only lead you to false notions about me. Grace doesn’t depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors.”
You see, it’s not the Divine who causes the suffering.
Our human, materialistic constructs promote the outcomes we see when violence and war ensue. We need to remember that our own stillness, our own peace, and our own love will promote enlightenment in the world. It’s not something we need to find. We choose it.
So, whenever we watch the news and feel powerless to do anything to stop what’s happening, we can be comforted by the knowledge that the Kingdom of God is a choice that we’ve made for ourselves. We choose to live in integrity and peace. Our hearts and our homes are filled with love. This is what we need to focus on.