|Posted by TBCOH on August 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM|
Have You Noticed?
Have you noticed the elevated sense of urgency in nearly all areas of our world today? There seems to be a sense of impending danger and articles everywhere warning us of betrayal, destruction, horrific events and living conditions. There is perceived an incredible need for survival knowledge and an incredible supply of advertisements to supply that knowledge.
In the meantime the peoples of the world continue to search for love and fulfillment, purpose and joy somewhere in their existence. It matters not if they are affluent, working class, low income or in abject poverty; their instinct for survival and hope for happiness (however it is defined for them) is primal. Many of them seek out relationships to satisfy an instinctual need to be validated, whether through traditional family units with children or alternative life partners, the need to create something meaningful, something that says connectedness.
In the 2004 movie, "Shall We Dance", Beverly Clark says "We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet... I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things... all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness'."
While there is much truth to this quote, seldom do people find it lasting unless the validation first comes from our creator, for we were each designed for a purpose greater than eating and mating and reproducing; we were designed with intelligence, skills and gifts of uniqueness, and the ability to know and recognize love above lust.
Why love? Because God is love and He longs to share it with us in a way that we will experience the power and freedom it gives us to relate to Him through His Son. It is a love that is both vertical and horizontal in its reach. We struggle until we search for the real meaning of our existence. He cares about everything. He notices and He will be your witness, your advocate, your mediator, your deliverer. Only believe.
Sadly, the sin that entered the world, so long ago, separated us from that beautiful, vertical relationship that would have nurtured and blossomed in a world where there would have been no hate, no violence, no betrayal or horror. Sadly, we were left with only horizontal relationships that often produce so much suffering it seems futile to think we can escape the devastation all around us.
The good news is God did not leave us without a way to restore that vertical relationship. Love and Hope are real and available to us, the price for sin has been paid . . . all that's left is to believe and tell others about His love. Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
So I ask the question, is the psychological impact, of the increasing violence all around us, being helped or hurt by the "awareness" brought to us by social media and the news broadcasts, or is it helping us to be "ready"? Whatever your answer to that question, I suggest we remember our lives will not go unnoticed.
August 25, 2014 by Kathleen Kidder
Categories: Devotional Thoughts and Testimonies