I believe in a powerful God. He is good. But we have been watching one bad situation after another unfold on our TV screens. It seems like change is not coming, no matter how much we pray and believe. I don’t know about you, but I feel tension between what is and what should be.
Several thoughts are running through my head. God is God whether or not our troubles end. He remains the same. These terrible situations don’t change Him. I keep looking to Him for answers, but He is not giving the answers I want. I wonder: What is God doing?
His goals are clearly not my goals. I want relief… NOW! He is doing something inside me. Maybe showing me what I am made up of. Maybe inviting me to become a person who is not easily shaken.
In Outlaw Christian Jacqueline A. Bussie writes, “Law #6: Always believe hope comes easy as pie for those who truly love God.” Is hope as easy as pie? Maybe there was a time we believed hope was easy. Since the financial crisis of 2008 and violence of 9/11, we all feel challenged to hang on to hope in troubled times. How do we live in the tension when troubles don’t go away?
“Christians wrestle every day to reconcile the world’s gruesome news with God’s good news, to live within this tough tension.” Outlaw Christian by Jacqueline A. Bussie
We follow God from this place, the place of tension. We sing songs to Him and worship from the tension. In worship we clap our hands and raise them to heaven from the tension. Determined to be people of character who are not easily shaken, we stand firm in the tension with our faith and hope, immovable.
When I feel conflicted, my goal is to have faith in God. Even when it’s hard and I don’t understand. I’ve heard sermons that make it sound like Christianity is easy. Just make the right decision and it will be easy from here on out, but I don’t buy that anymore. Christianity is not for the faint of heart. In the Christian faith, you will grow and be stretched beyond what you think is possible.
I believe God is good. He is unfolding certain purposes in the world. I have hope in God and his purposes. There is a difference between the end and the beginning. We are not at the end, so things are not resolved. I have hope in God and it’s not easy as pie.
I’m in a narrative of hope. The outcome is in my favor. If I am passing through a dark valley, I won’t be swallowed by the darkness. I am not of the darkness, I am light. I need toughness on my part, in this difficult moment. I will get through to the other side. I keep my eyes on the light, not the dark.
©2017 Belinda Perez McDanel