Genesis 6:8 – But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Lately, the injustices that are happening in this world are bombarding us like never before. We can’t help but be aware of the latest senseless killings, hate crimes, racial tensions, children missing, accidents, and the list goes on and on. In our own lives, there is work, school, children, sickness, responsibilities, and that list goes on too.
If you are like me, you want to question, why Lord? Why is all this happening and when will it stop! I am so tired of it all and I want to just lay down somewhere and wish it away. My head is screaming – peace, peace, please! Stop!!
I don’t want to go to work. I want to keep my children home and lock the door. If I can see them, I know they are safe. I can shelter them from all harm and turn the TV off when the news comes on so my 9 year old won’t stand there and say that that cop was wrong to choke that man to death. How could that happen mama? In that moment, all I could say was, baby – let me say this – all cops are not bad, so don’t think that. All people are not full of hate, no there is still some love in the world, still some mutual respect, still some people who know how to call on the Name of the Lord and bless His Name!
I thought of what God must have felt in the days of Noah. Surely, He looks down on us today and is grieved that He created us. Surely He hurts over every death and hurt and pain we suffer. I thought of my hero, Mr. Noah. Built that boat and preached that a storm was coming even when he appeared crazy. God looked down on this earth and in the midst of all that turmoil, Noah stood tall in faith that God could and would turn it around! God saw Noah and loved him into a new life!
Noah held firm that it won’t always be like this and when God looked at Noah, there was love and saving grace in His eyes for him. Grace not only for him but for his family too – those he was connected to. Grace to ensure that he would live beyond that moment, beyond what he could see, beyond the chaos that was happening then to a day when he and his people could begin again. Glory to God!!
Among all the chaos and confusion, can there be grace for me? Am I living in such a way that when God looks down I can have grace in His eyes? Am I doing all I can to ensure that the people I come in contact know that despite what they see, there is a living God who cares? Am I showing His love to all I am connected to so they can have the hope that lies within me?
I believe, like Noah, that there has to be more than this. I believe all things are happening for a purpose. I will not give up on humanity, or cease to see the beauty of a newborn baby. I will not give in to the sadness that threatens to engulf me when I see others hurting.
I will hold firm in my faith that God is still on the throne and He can and will turn not only my situations and issues around, but yours, and this world’s too! I believe we can begin again each day to spread His love and the good news that He is coming again.
I pray that when He looks at me, I find grace there! I pray the same for you!
Striving to Live Victoriously!