But, what is troubling me more is the fact that our new President is ushering in evil as fast as possible. His first moves as President have been to change the laws about marriage and abortion.
It is so ironic to me that there are so many parties and celebrations for our new leadership with beautiful gowns and dancing while the cries from the unborn go purposely unheard. And so much talk about HOPE. Don't get me wrong... I am so excited that we have a black President and how he represents healing for so many and I do have much respect for how he has defied the odds and come so far but he is blatantly going against the Word of God and because of that I am fearful for our nation. There are so many warnings in scripture about lawlessness. There is one thing I believe he is going to be true to his word and that is that he will bring 'Change'. But I don't believe it is the 'Change' people are chanting for.
Anyway, I didn't intend to write about my feelings about our country... just suffering. Suffering is tough. It is inevitably coming in to each of our lives to one degree or another. Where do we turn when our health gives way, our child gets sick or our marriage crumbles? Where do we turn when our country turns its back on God and consequences follow?
Does this mean we throw in the flag of surrender and collapse in defeat or bury our heads in fear? No way. We will always have hope. Not the hope that the world gives... TRUE HOPE.
True hope comes from God. Hope in HIM. He IS our hope. Did you know that we have hope stored up for us in heaven? "...faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven." Col 1:5 I love thinking about that because in crisis situations-- I need some of my 'heaven hope'. I am using some of my heaven hope now as a matter of fact. You see, we can never run out because it is kept for us in heaven. There is never such a thing as a hopeless situation. I also love it when it says, "O prisoners of hope..." in Zecheriah. I love that thought that we are prisoners of hope. There is no way we cannot have hope as children of God. Did you get that? We don't just have hope. As believers, HOPE HAS US. (He has us) So cool.
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;"
**that weird clip at the end is a VERY OLD video of Reece's first hair cut. I don't know why it always adds the 1 second of an old video on the end. In current life, Tim's arm is still very broken.