This week the news headlines have been way too close to home. We have known of evil but it always seemed far away from us and we seem comfortable distance from such evil.
Smith Mountain Lake, where the 2 reporters were shot is right in our backyard. It is about 30 minutes from where our VA home is. My parents lived on it once and for years my grandparents had a fishing trailer right on it and we’d play there in the summer. We didn’t know the reporters personally but the camera man, Andy, has done some promotions for GPPD events, Jonathan and I remember him. It is weird watching from a distance as facebook has lit up this week with so many posts from friends and family who new them or who are all greatly effected that this was in little Roanoke’s backyard. Not that we don’t have crime or evil in Roanoke but it is rarely this kind of evil.
I know where we live now there is a sick kind of evil that is only hours away on every side. That is why we are here trying to bring truth and love to people who are hurting from it.
This week a dear friend of ours headed out the dangerous trek that was also on the world news headlines. We knew it was dangerous but the last couple of days of news reports about travelers along the same trek have shared of so many people dying or being stoped has brought me to my knees and prayer constantly for our dear friend.
This is said to be the worst refugee crisis since WW2. With over 180,000 that have done the trek and over 800,000 people expected to do it this year. They are fleeing evil and the effect evil has had on their lives for years in their war torn countries.
Our friend is young, I think partly he did this because he has been in waiting …he feels since he was a young boy… that is how long he remembers evil and war in his home country. There is a desperateness to find peace a place where you can live … truly live not in fear of death or in a country where there is no way to work, or get education or start a life.
I know there is evil in the world where ever we go. This week is so evident in that. There is a potential for evil and sin in all of human kind. Christ is the wildcard… the one who changes all of that.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Proverbs 3:7
An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him. Proverbs 5:22
The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3
But most fortunate of all are those who are not yet born. For they have not seen all the evil that is done under the sun. Ecclesiastes 4:3
God knows the evil in this world. He didn’t create it but He made a way out from evil for our personal lives. He gave us a free will to follow Him or follow evil. Only in Him can true peace be found.
Yet there are many suffering because of the evil in others. Pray with me for so many around the world fleeing evil like our dear friend.
And also pray not that evil will be gone from
this world, because that won’t happen till Christ’s return but that evil people
around the world would instead choose to follow Jesus, that God will reveal
Himself to them where ever they are and that they will….Turn away from evil and
do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. 1 Peter 3:11
|last hug and saying"see you later" to our friend|
Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. Hebrews 3:12