I thought I’d share a little humor in my final week of my 50s as I approach the 60-year milestone late this Saturday night.
I had plenty of time to think about historically hilarious events that have happened in my lifetime.
For the past couple of weeks, I took intermittent vacations from social media to clear my mind and focus more on real life and the state of my heart.
And then Wednesday, like many of you, I watched craziness unfold in our nation’s capital.
I took a personal vow a few years ago to just report the news — and in any space I claim for personal comment in the newspaper, to either share humor or Jesus. Sometimes, because I know God surely invented the laugh for a good reason, I’m able to share both at the same time.
I’d like to share both today, but I think we need more Jesus than humor at the moment, and I wouldn’t want to offer levity that seems off the mark in a week like we’ve had in national history.
Within a few moments of breaking out of my fast from Facebook Wednesday, my cousin Joy Drumm shared a status update from her home in Tennessee. She posted a few verses of an old hymn I grew up singing:
Oh Lord, you know,
I have no friend like You!
If Heaven’s not my home,
Then Lord what will I do?
The Angels beckon me
From Heaven’s open door,
And I can’t feel at home
In this world anymore!
I had to admit that Wednesday I was feeling like Joy, not feeling at home witnessing the turmoil unfolding in Washington, D.C.
But I prayed about it, and continued to watch it all unfold.
This world is not our home. We are just passing through a small window of time compared to eternity. But we’re here now, and we have guidance for what to do.
We can always pray. Prayer is powerful. Here’s what Jesus said when He was asked how to pray:
Matthew 6:9-10 (TPT) — Pray like this: “Our Father, dwelling in the heavenly realms, may the glory of Your name be the center on which our lives turn. Manifest Your kingdom realm, and cause your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth, just as it is fulfilled in heaven...”
God doesn’t want me to wait until I get to Heaven to start living like I’m in Heaven. He wants to be the center of my life, doing what He would have me do, right now.
The divisiveness has been going on, either on the international, national or more local levels for years. And it’s not likely to change with an election or a protest or any other human work. We can care about these issues, of course. But more importantly, we can pray for God’s will to be done.
That’s what we need in times like these — actually at all times — a divine work. God often does His work through human hands and hearts.
And I just had a strong thought that it’s really simple. What we all need to do is to remember to pray continuously, (yes, you can drive and pray and write and eat and talk to God at the same time) wake up every morning and ask God to help us do His will here on earth.
Act on earth, right now, like you expect to act in heaven.
Don’t worry about the other guy “not acting right” or someone trying to pull one over on you. Don’t over-think what someone says to you, looking for offense. Trust God.
You don’t have to trust your neighbor. But Jesus tells you to love them. Trust God that He is in control in all things, great and small.
I am just passing through, but while I’m here, I’ll keep working to have peace in any circumstance.
How about you?
In every relationship be swift to choose peace over competition, and run swiftly toward holiness, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. — Hebrews 12:14 (TPT)