Take Heart

“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

In the last few weeks it seems as though things have began to spin out of control- beginning with Paris there have been countless events to follow that have stemmed from hatred, revenge and condemnation.  Some ISIS related, others completely separate.  Events that have hit close to home for me are the three recent Army helicopter crashes- one being here at Ft. Hood.  I get the news notifications that pop up frequently on my phone, notifying me of a significant event, one statement at a time.

It’s easy to read the notifications, read the article or watch the news and become fearful. Hopeless.  Heavy with grief.  The questions are quick to follow- “Why? How? What were they thinking?  How do these families pick up the pieces afterwards?”  It can become overwhelming to process it all and to let the reality of the new news sink in.  Most of the time I want to just put my family in a bubble and control it all so that “nothing” happens to us.  However, that’s not what we are called to do, nor is that realistic.

Truth- John 16:33 has become one of the many verses that I refer back to for truth.  Jesus is giving his disciples truth that they can cling to and build a foundation upon intertwined with peace.  We are not promised a world without trouble; my community, my marriage, my job, my family, my country- especially as a believer, it’s going to be tough… we know this already.  Our choice is to respond with truth- “Take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  What a beautiful reminder that He goes before us, has a divine plan in this all and loves us with an everlasting love to allow us to walk through it, but never to leave us in it.

 

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