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.
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.
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.
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.