Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is … Realize.
Realize is defined as: “to grasp or understand clearly” (per dictionary.com).
Like many, I have watched the news unfolding over the last several years. Much of it has been incredible to see unfold. .
I hear of global warming and I realize the earth is groaning.
“For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.” (Romans 8:22, NASB)
I hear of violence and I realize the hearts of many are growing cold toward their fellow human beings.
“Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.”
(Matthew 24:12, NASB)
I hear of wars and global injustices and I realize the nations are warring.
“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars … For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom …” (Matthew 24:6-7, NASB)
Financial institutions are shaky, morals are convoluted, and religious beliefs are being deconstructed.
“God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there is anyone who understands, who seeks after God. Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.”
(Psalm 53:2-3. NASB)
The more I have tried to understand it all, the more I realize how much will remain unknown to me. It is then I am encouraged as I remember:
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.” (Ephesians 1:7-10, NASB)
I may never understand all of which is occurring but I rest in the truth I know, and am assured, and cling to:
“My Savior loves, my Savior livesMy Savior’s always there for me My God; He was, my God; He is My God; is always gonna be.”
(from My Savior My God by Aaron Shust)