My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

Looking For Answers

I scan headlines and feel like a little child uncertain of the chatter around me and what that means for me. Heartache, heartbreak, heart fears swirl wild and we feed them with our hashtags and online rants. We think we can say something there in our named anonymity and somehow pat ourselves on the back for doing something.

But we haven’t changed a thing.


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I don’t pretend to know what the answer is or what change we need to turn this fearful angry place on its head, but I know we need something and more hate is never the answer.

We take it all in, all the images and headlines and ill-informed opinions and we make it our truth. And we sit in that place wondering how we will ever find the way out.

But let me whisper a secret, friend. Fear is not truth. Anger is not truth. Because God is truth and He is love. So I balance these two opposing sides in my hands: the fear of terror and the truth of love, and I don’t know how to live and breathe in one while the other still swirls mad around me.

I don’t think there’s a perfect answer, and that scares me.

But the truth that I know, the one that reminds us who we are and whose we are, that one never changes. We can scream hate in our boldest typeface and we can shake our heads at the leaders, or the terrorists, or the lost, but it doesn’t change truth.

There is a God who loves and cares for each and every person on this earth.

And there is a devil who seeks to destroy each and every person on this earth.

And as much heartache and fear fills our streets and our hearts, we already know who wins this fight. So, if you ask me to pick a side I have one answer: Jesus.

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I don’t always know what that looks like or what that means, but I know it’s the answer. Fear still pulses deep and I’m tempted to use my words as a sword and my computer as a shield. But there’s only one word that I need and it can be in type or on my lips or on my knees but always in love.


I challenge you today to call on the name Jesus. Every time you think of the terror attacks in Paris, every time you think of ISIS, every time you feel afraid, every time you hear of refugees. Cry out His name. And maybe when we all turn to Him we can find a way out of fear and into peace. I know it doesn’t feel like a lot, it doesn’t feel like action, but there is more action and power in His name than any hashtag rant I could ever write.


Linking up today with writers across the web.

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

6 Replies

  1. Thank you for pointing us right to Him. SO many other places to go these days…so, amen. : ) Also, love the point about prayer!!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Bethany! I’m trying to look to Him before, during and after. I get so wrapped up in my own things and the opinions around me, but Jesus…. but Jesus.

  2. Kim

    Thank you for this; you perfectly expressed everything I have been feeling, and it’s comforting to not feel alone.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m so glad we’re in good company 🙂 Keep calling His name. He hears it every time.

  3. Amen, Becky. I pick Jesus too and find immense comfort in the fact that He is on the throne. The world is chaotic and cruel, but our Everlasting Father remains steadfast and I only pray that we draw more near to His great light.

  4. So perfectly written! My heart has been grieved over what has been happening in our world lately. I don’t know what the answers are either. But I can pray to the One who has the answers and trust that His will be done. Visiting from Three Word Wednesday.

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