For years, I have felt disheartened by the political division in our country. The various happenings of 2020 intensified this feeling. Last week after viewing the rioters at the nation’s capital building my heart was heavy.
A few days later, I was reading in Isaiah 11, the thirteenth verse KJV ”The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.”
Historically, the people of Judah and Ephraim have been adversaries. Here Isaiah is prophesying that this rivalry will be healed. At that moment after reading and realizing what this prophecy means, I felt a relief and comfort.
Yes, there is strife and division in this world, and in our country, and cities, and neighborhoods, and even in families, BUT God knows this! He prepared a way. He knows the end from the beginning, and has prepared a way for us to overcome this division and hatred. Christ!
Christ is the antidote! From now on when viewing a sad situation, I will remember to add Christ.
Today I am grieving…..ADD CHRIST!
Today I am in Pain…..ADD CHRIST!
Today I feel disappointed….ADD CHRIST!
Today I was rejected….ADD CHRIST!
Whatever today may bring….ADD CHRIST!
When all we focus on is the undesirable, then all we see is undesirable. When we focus on the good, then good becomes amplified. Since all good comes from God, we amplify God in our lives when we focus on the good.
One of my childhood heroes, Mr. Rogers, said his mother told him when a tragedy strikes to “look for the helpers.”
The helpers give us hope! From hope grows a better future. The greatest helper in all creation to look for is Christ!
I am NOT suggesting that we not look at problems for what they really are, or refuse to see reality. I am also NOT suggesting that we should only choose to see the pleasant. What I am saying is that Christ allows our perspective to be more focused and more hopeful. He is the ultimate helper. He heals. He heals our individual hearts so that we, in turn, can be helpers to those around us.
Because of Christ, I am made whole! Because of Christ, all the grief and pain and disappointment become meaningful! He puts meaning to the suffering. As He helps and heals us, He also qualifies us to turn, and be helpers to others. On that day last week when my heart was so saddened, the Lord spoke to me through one of my children. Dani, (5) came to me at the end of the day with an orange in hand, asking if we could, “do Dani and Mommy time”. As I shared an orange with my little kindergarten daughter, I could feel my heart take a little courage. As I felt of her goodness and love for me, and also of my love for her, my perspective shifted a bit.
I can be a helper to heal this division by showing and teaching my children. One of the greatest “helper” roles in life is that of mother.
As mothers we show our littles what it looks like to emulate the Great Helper.
As mothers we can teach by our example what it looks like to meet people where they are, and just love and hear them, especially when we don’t agree.
As mothers we can teach our children that all humans are worthy of love and equal consideration.
As mothers we can teach our children that love and unity are the answers. That even when it is messy, unity is still worth pursuing.
The great helper himself said “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”(John 17:23)
As mothers we show them what it looks like to have objectivity. We can have civil discourse and seek common ground to build from. We show them how to start from two different points but move closer together to a common purpose.
The power is in us as mothers to help bring hope to our future through how we raise the growing generation. This is done as we look to Christ, the ultimate helper!
Featured art, Guiding Light, by Annie Henrie Nader