Making Sense of It   1 comment


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Recently there has been another rash of murders, attacks, and chaos in our world.  From the stabbing incident in Pennsylvania, to the bus/truck accident in California, to a recent murder in a small Iowa town, there seems to be violence running amok.  This week we have also been reminded of the horrible bombings which took place a year ago at the Boston Marathon.  Add to these the unrest in the Ukraine and what appears to be an attempt by the Russian leader, Putin, to re-establish a Soviet Union of some degree, you can easily say that there is not a lot of sense in any of this.

Yet, we as humans want to try to make sense of these situations.  I think that we want to make sense of this because that allows us to gain some control over situations like these.  We want answers so that we can prevent these types of activities from occurring again.  We want answers so that we can “help” people before they take such destructive paths.  We want answers so that we can protect ourselves.  We want answers so that we know who to blame since we know it is not our fault.

However, life tells us that there is not always an answer.  Life tells us that even if we take all the protective measures possible, violence and destructive events still occur.  Life tells us that we cannot always stop these events.  So this can lead us to despair and a sense of hopelessness.

Hope does exist.  Hope is found not in ourselves or our human ways of protection and prevention.  The psalmist writes, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.  It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”  (Psalm 118:8-9, NIV)  As a believer, I have to find that I don’t need to make sense of any of this.  I couldn’t even if I truly tried.  I need to trust that the Lord can make sense of it.  So during this Holy Week as we move toward remember Jesus’ death on a cross, that was a senseless act on the surface, I rely on the truth that it will make sense when God’s kingdom comes into its fullness.

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  1. Hope is key. Trying to find reasons or patterns is an appeal to the false self which cannot trust.

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