Our world has changed! Because of technology, we can now watch national and worldwide events unfold on our TV screens and twitter feeds. Friday night, Julia and Jennifer were rocking out at the Taylor Swift concert. I wanted to take Julia, but Jennifer won out. 🙂 Joelan was at a friend’s house. So, Jessie and I were home alone. We shared a large bag of chewy sprees. She watched episode after episode of Lalaloopsie, and I watched 7 straight hours of live coverage of the man hunt for the #2 suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
I hung on every word. I imagined this terrorist at large in the Grayson/Loganville community…in my neighborhood. We recently activated our home security system. Are we in danger of a terrorist attack in Georgia? Are my kids safe at public school? Are they safe at private school? Should we home school? Would this make my kids weird and socially inept for life? Is there a better country in the world to live than the United States? If so, where? Are there more terrorist attacks now than 20 years ago? I’m not complaining next time I have to take my shoes off at airport security.
Honestly, I don’t think we are in any more danger now than we were 20 years ago. I do think we hear more of the bad stuff going on because of 24 hour news coverage. Just about everyone is connected to the internet at all times, except for my parents who complain about it and for whatever reason still forward me all their emails. Yes, there is a “Clear and Present Danger” in our world. We are in a battle. We are in a war. And as followers of Jesus Christ, we are right in the middle of it. But evil will not prevail. The victory is ours in Jesus Christ.
Our enemy and the terrorists want us to live in fear. But the #1 command in the Bible is Fear Not. We are not to be afraid, because God is with us. And if God is with us, who can be against us? God is the one who determines the day we are born, and He is the one who determines the day we die. It’s up the us to determine how we will live (I.e. the dash on our tombstone). Our lives are in God’s hands. Our kids’ lives are in God’s hands. I am more likely to die by a line drive baseball hit by Austin Meadows or Clint Fraizer, than I am to die from a terrorist attack.
Now, my heart goes out to all the victims of terrorism and their families. And I have been praying daily for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. I have also been praying for revival in New England ever since the Prestens, Caudells, and Hammacks moved to Vermont to plant Valley Town Church and start a church planting movement for Christ. Ultimately, I believe Romans 8:28…God can work ALL THINGS out for the good of those who love Him.
Fear Not…God is with US!
Do you trust Him?