Monday, September 12, 2011

Fix our eyes

Yesterday, everyone remembered the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01. All I could really think about was how so many people, after the attacks, turned to God. Churches were packed. People held prayer meetings. In the midst of this tragedy, people needed to heal. And they turned to the one who could heal them.

I wonder how long that lasted? Did they get the healing they needed, then go back to life as usual? Did they continue to pursue God? I don't know. But it did cause me to ponder on one thought.
Do we turn to God in the midst of our every day tragedies? The definition of tragedy is "An event resulting in great loss and misfortune". It doesn't have to be a terrorist attack.

1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. "

What would you consider a tragedy? Your marriage being attacked? Death of a loved one? Loss of a job? Depression? Infertility? Addiction? Children having babies? Abuse? Has anyone betrayed you?
All of those (and more) result in great loss and misfortune. So when we face those, who, or what, do we run to?

Matthew 11:28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Do we turn to God? Or do we try to find comfort in other things?

Hebrews 12:1-2Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

After the 9/11 attacks, there was such unity. I wonder how different things would be if we turned to God in the midst of the every day tragedies we face. And not just turn to him until that issue is resolved, or until the healing comes, but fixed our eyes on him, allowing those tragedies to draw us closer to him. Not just for a time, but for all time!