I don’t like for things to not be fair. I don’t like for people to hurt. I don’t like sickness and death. I don’t like sorrow and despair. I don’t like confusion and chaos. I don’t like fear and anxiety. I don’t like the dark and the unknown.
No one does, right?
Yet our world is full of it. Every day we wake up to something else heart wrenching or terrifying that we just can’t comprehend. We are bombarded with darkness at every turn, and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and even hopeless at times.
This morning was one of those mornings where my heart was so heavy with those feelings of not understanding, of confusion and sadness and anger at situations that just seem so unfair. The question, “Why?” was the only one I could ask.
Fortunately, God doesn’t scare easy and He was well prepared for my big feelings this morning.
Once I unloaded all my heavy on Him, I picked up my reading in Colossians, which we are working through at church right now. And He led me to verses 15-20, revealing all of those characteristics of Christ, reminding me of who He is no matter what.
Who is Jesus?
He is the image of the invisible God.
He is the firstborn over ALL creation.
He is the creator of EVERYthing in heaven and on earth.
He is authority over all… the good, the bad, and everything in between.
He is before all things… regardless of what man thinks it feels.
He holds it all together… even when we think it’s falling apart.
He is the head of the church body.
He is the beginning.
He is the fullness of God.
He is the reconciler… even when it makes no sense and there seems to be no logical way.
He is the peacemaker… despite every war waged against us.
Now those words may not take away the pain. They may not even take away the wondering. But they point me to the truth of His character that cannot be changed by circumstances. They remind me that even when I can’t see it, He’s working. They remind me that even if not, He is good. They remind me that I don’t have to understand what He’s doing to trust Him. They remind me that He is working all things for the good of those who love Him. They remind me that His ways are not our ways, and that what He has for us is far greater than anything we can imagine. They remind me that in Him is the ultimate victory. And they remind me once again of the power and authority that is in the very name of Jesus.
Some days we just need to speak the name of Jesus- and remind ourselves of who He is. 💜