Over the years scientists have been sending signals to outer space in an attempt to make contact with lifeforms that may exist beyond our solar system. There have been countless movies based on a story line that someone answered and the events that followed that answer. I think that in our current social upheaval, if there were life out there, they would come to the conclusion that there is no intelligent life on earth.
There is no question that things have gotten wonky. The current public health challenges, social unrest, protests, disregard for life and property, and politicians that behave like escapees from a mental institution, have left some of us feeling like corks caught in a rogue wave. These situations have led to polarizing views that have caused divisions, even among God's children.
The solution is to focus on what unites us and not what we differ on. A well known story in the Gospels is when Peter walked on water but then began to sink when his eyes turned from Jesus to the storm. In Matthew 14:31 we read [And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt"] The lesson being that peace in the storm is found by keeping our eyes on Christ.
Life throws all sorts of things at us. Some make us happy, while others are challenging. What we focus on will impact how we move forward. If we focus on the negative, we can be in danger of entering into a downward spiral. If we focus on the positives, we may feel happy but such happiness is limited by time and circumstance. Only focusing on Christ can bring constant and permanent peace and joy.
As we proceed to navigate the interesting times we live in. let our focus be on the permanence of Christ, His love for us, and who we are in Hiim.
Have a blessed day,