My Ink Dance

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When You’re Overwhelmed by All the Bad

As I write this, the news screams awful. Today it’s brutal shootings and unjust rape sentencing and a so many murders in a club, senseless violence and hate that I cannot, will not, ever understand. As you’re reading this the story is different, but the news is the same.

So much bad.

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The world fills with stories of violence and tragedy. So much that I cannot take it in. I become numb, a receiver of information, shaking my head in disbelief. I’d like to say I weep with those who weep, but my eyes feel dried up and I’m left with so much anger, confusion, question.

And even as I sit and write, I hear the wind blowing the leaves outside my window as the sun shines through. It doesn’t make sense how beauty, keeps going in the wake of sorrow.

There are countless things pulling me into a place of despair.

cancer

human trafficking

homelessness

poverty

abuse

hunger

It feels like the list never ends and I have no idea how my little voice can help. I feel pulled in all directions, wishing I could do it all. But just like I can’t save anyone, I cannot solve all the problems raging.

But I know the One who did.

Because that’s the piece I forget. He’s got this all figured out. He takes every free-will decision and weaves it into a tapestry of good. The decisions made may not be good, but He uses them to bring good.

And right now it may feel like we’re stuck in a place of fear and anger and so much sorrow. But He’s given us so much more than that. When we put our eyes where they belong, we begin to see what we’re meant to see. We begin to move closer to Jesus.

Do you ever wonder what to do in a world that screams terror and sorrow? There's one thing that can change everything.

As the world rages loud and angry, as we see headlines that make us fear for our very lives, there is one thing we can do. Take a step toward Jesus.

The truth is that we can’t do everything. But we can all do something. We need not remain frozen in overwhelmed fear and indecision. We only need to walk closer to Him and be willing to be part of what He will do. We are not here by accident.

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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.

12 Replies

  1. So stirring, Becky. Yes. There is so much horror going on in the world, and with the media we get to be secondhand witnesses to just about everything. I was just thinking as I scrolled through FB and saw news articles about how I don’t have enough emotional energy- literally- to weep with all those who are weeping. But I know the one who is present in all the tragedies and wrongs and terrors. I know that in being with Him, as you said, I’m where I ought to be. Near Him means at the ready to obey- and in some small way, that may mean helping. You said it all so well here. Thank you for the stirring words!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you so much Bethany. He is always the answer. We may not always understand how, but it’s always Him.

  2. WOW! Great truth here. I stand bewildered by the violence in this world, but feel so detached from it. Some days it’s all I can do to pray for our world. But I find comfort in knowing those prayers are heard. Blessings.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Amen Liz!

  3. Gosh, you are me today dear friend. I can’t shift out of this unsettled state of uneasiness lately. I’m so grateful for friends who write to put love out into the world.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you for being here. It’s so interesting to walk through this world pen in hand, isn’t it? I find God showing me so many things for me, and knowing that they bless and impact others is the icing on the cake. Glad to be kindred writing hearts!

  4. Yes, we can all do something. Thank you for your inspiring words, here. The world is a mess, but it’s also beautiful.
    Happy Wednesday, from your #TellHisStory linkup neighbor!
    Megs

    1. Becky Hastings

      Always find the beauty 🙂

  5. “The decisions made may not be good, but He uses them to bring good.” Yes, this. The world is hurting, but God works it together for good.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Always and Amen!

  6. Thankful I found your post today. Your words resonate within my soul. There’s so much bad, but truly I can love like Jesus through it all.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Amen!

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