What is Going On? ~ Lauri Narem

During the craziness of this past year with Covid, political turmoil, social unrest, and the list goes on, I think often about the possibility that this could be the beginning of the end. Surely, Christ’s return must be soon. Yet, I am certain that generations past felt the same way when World War II broke out, or during the gas crisis, or when the stock market crashed. I think about how God tells us in his word that the things we see and sense, are only birth pangs of what is to come. Is our country being judged right now, I wonder? Other countries have experienced this type of turmoil and political unrest. Earthquakes continue to be around us in various places. Lawlessness and wickedness have surely grown, but have also been around since close to the beginning.
 
Even a pandemic has been here before…though back in 1918. I realize that although I would dearly love for Jesus to return. I even pray, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus.” I know that God in his mercy and grace may certainly still have us be a part of what He is doing, and is going to do.
 
Is this country going to lose its republic status and we its people going to lose our freedom? Maybe that is a little bit scary and exciting for me all at the same time. Scary, because I don’t know what suffering might be asked of me, but exciting because He may still use me in incredible ways to tell others about Him and serve Him. Then, take me home to be with Him.
 
“Wait, my kids are not all following You, Lord. Wait, my sisters have not trust in You yet. Lord, even some of my best college friends or my sweet neighbors do not know You yet.” Is it possible I might see things spoken about in the scriptures unfold before my eyes? Well, since it is not my choice, but a plan God already has set in place, I will sit back in wonder, in awe, in trepidation (if I’m honest), and in much prayer for what God has next for me– for us.
John 16:33 (New International Version)
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Father,
You hold us up in all circumstances. I long to see your coming, and I long to see the world know and see you in all your glory. I need your help and strength to continue to follow you step by step into each day you give me– trusting that your plan is and always has been better than mine. Help me to stand firm in you in the joy of this season even in the midst of all of the craziness going on around me. Thank you God for sending your Son so long ago, that I might have life and have it more abundantly.
Amen.

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