Number 54 in the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” The miracles and promises of Jesus that show us the awesome blessings we can experience each day. I hope it encourages you!
In California we’re in our fourth year of a drought. The government is completely unprepared. We’ve increased our population dramatically without increasing water storage. And California periodically has droughts. So surprise, now we’re running out of water.
So the governor proposed that everyone use 25 percent less water or pay a fine. So like brush my teeth only once a day? Flush the toilet every other time? Let our yard die? Really?
In addition to questioning the sanity of our state government once again it caused me to think about people who live under governments that really are oppressive. Who abuse their liberties continually.
And closer to home, those who work for organizations that are oppressive.
Yet, sometimes we just can’t escape. It’s currently not a reasonable option. So we struggle under the oppression.
In the midst we feel trapped. Like we’re suffocating. And we’re afraid.
Jesus lived under Roman rule, one of the most oppressive governments ever.
Yet he said, “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” *
There are people in power who will oppress others. But you can find strength as you remember who holds true power over your life.
And what flows out of that confidence?
Most importantly I’ve been surprised by peace. We may not be able to immediately change our circumstances but we can find peace in the midst. And that makes a huge difference.
Then that opens us up to answers for changing the situation or making it better. When the fear subsides our minds clear so we can focus on solutions rather than only on problems.
Amazingly then answers popup. When caught in this situation I’ve seen doors open that led the way out or to change that I never could have imagined.
Also, the realization that eventually this too will pass. This life is not all there is. We have a better one ahead. Frankly I’m really glad for that on some days.
As an interesting side note he points out we’ll live in Heaven bodily as well as spiritually. I find that fascinating. And I’m planning on suggesting a few minor tweaks to mine.
We can’t always change every oppressive challenge immediately but we can find strength in the midst.
How have you found this to be true?
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* Matthew 10: 28 (NLT)