The past week has been a trying one here in the U.S. People are turning their eyes anew to an old evil that plagues our nation. Those of us who have become accustomed to the violence and the injustice look to the new soldiers with hope, but also with trepidation. What will become of me if I get involved? How will this affect my family? Will anything even change? Can I really help?
As we know, “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Even you, unable to march or give or fight, can do something. You can make space for the work. What does making space look like? It is being an example of Christ. It is educating those under your influence, those you care for or parent, keep in touch with, or see as you walk down the street. It is making sure that, for you and your house, you not only serve the Lord in theory, but also in practice. It is defining that practice, reviewing that practice, making that practice known to people that know you. It is becoming grace and righteousness in action.
Once you decide on how you want to uphold Christ in your life and your home, examine your heart. If you hold anything on your tongue that is less than what you aim to practice, work toward ridding yourself of those things. If you find yourself saying, “Well, you know those people…”, then you are holding space for dissent, not making space for transformation. If you retell the same story about “that time, those people…” did something to you, then you are holding space for the past, not making space for Christ in your life. If you are rehashing pain instead of healing, you are not making space for the work. You are making the world harder.
But what if my stories are true? What about my pain?
What do you do with your other pain? Financial troubles? Back aches? Children out of control? You take those issues to God! You ask the Holy Ghost for protection and Jesus for guidance. You can do the same with your angst in this season. If you have any “-isms,” any fear of the “other,” take it to God and do so in love. He heals us in ALL things.
We are all on a journey, one prescribed by God. In as much as Jesus’ travails as he went to the cross were laudable, so too is our journey as individuals and as people. We as women have a place in the story! The Bible is full of women who moved along God’s purpose as he predestined; Rahab received the soldier spies at Jericho(Joshua 2), Deborah prophesied and stood with Barak in battle(Judges 4), Naomi guided Ruth to Boaz(Ruth 2). Grand sweeping gestures of grace are as valuable as those of valor. When we invite God in, He works through us to perform marvels. Don’t you want to be part of a corporate move of God to come into the world and renew it? Make space.
By Daina Troy
How can God use me to show his love in my home? In my church? In my community?