#shareitsaturday / when we don’t understand…Jesus is the answer for the world today

I rarely watch the news. And yesterday afternoon while running errands, I listened to our choir rehearsal CD preparing for our Christmas worship music. Then, we came home and made turkey wreaths. I was obviously disconnected from the world for most of the afternoon – and all of social media.

It wasn’t until late in the evening that Brian asked, “Did you hear what happened in Paris today?”

It didn’t take long to open Facebook and see story upon story about the events unfolding around the world. And for the rest of the night I felt paralyzed watching and thinking.

My gut reaction?

To hold my husband’s hand a little tighter.
To hold my baby and gaze into his eyes a little longer.
To do more with my girls and live like today may be our last day.

After watching the news outlets, it didn’t take long to realize it’s not just Paris. What about the Pastor’s wife in Indianapolis that was murdered? A mutual friend that I have in common with that Pastor’s wife shared this story on the day that it happened and it hit me hard. Somehow when you know someone that knows someone, these news stories hit harder. Maybe that’s just me.

And then there’s the story about a country music singer that is dying of cancer at age 40. She’s leaving three daughters. My heart sunk as I saw images of her with a walker at home – giving her 1 year old little girl a ride around the house, noting that hospice was there caring for her in her last days on this earth.

WHY?

I certainly don’t understand any of this. My mind can’t comprehend.

I tried to think back to Bible times. Remember all of the battles where it tells us that thousands died at one time? Was it any different then? Those people had families. I’m sure they didn’t understand anymore than we don’t understand now.

I do know this: God is in control.

And Jesus is the answer for anything we don’t understand.

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I’m holding tight to that simple promise tonight.

I don’t have the perfect words to share with you. I don’t have a fancy prayer for tough times. There’s plenty of writers and commentators that have already done that.

I’m just like you – sitting, wondering, questioning, grieving for people I don’t know.

For today’s #shareitsaturday I leave you with an old classic gospel song from 1975 by Andrae Crouch – Jesus is the Answer.

These lyrics speak so much to what our world is facing tonight:

Jesus is the answer, for the world today,
Above Him there’s no other,
Jesus is the way.

If you have some questions
In the corners of your mind,
Traces of discouragement,
and peace you cannot find,
Reflections of your past,
Seem to face you everyday,
But there’s one thing I want you to know,
that Jesus is the way.

Jesus is the answer, for the world today,
Above Him there’s no other,
Jesus is the way.

I know that you’ve got mountains,
That you think you cannot climb,
I know your skies looks so dark,
That you think the sun will never ever shine,
But in case you don’t know it,
I tell you God’s word is true,
Everything that he has promised,
I know that he will do it for you.

Jesus is the Answer, for the world today,
Above Him there’s no other,
Jesus is the way.

Be encouraged in the midst of it all tonight, friends.

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10 replies to “#shareitsaturday / when we don’t understand…Jesus is the answer for the world today

  1. You have no idea how much I needed to hear this tonight! As I lay in bed struggling to see Why I must go through this battle I’m fighting, your words are right on time! I don’t know why but we know Jesus is the answer!

    1. I needed this tonight too, friend! So glad you’re with me. And isn’t it crazy that God put this song on my heart early in the week not knowing everything that would happen?!? He is in control. Love you!

  2. What an encourager you always are! I never want to be, the Oh why me? person. Through my diagnosis I try very hard to not question or complain, just except and trust. Thank you for your daily blog. It truly helps me keep my mind on Christ and not on me.

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