The world can press in on all of us, demanding our time; not to mention our blood,sweat and tears. Depending on your perspective, it can seem to be a world of tribulation - full of pain and grief, someone stealing from you and working to destroy you at all times. Those we love are torn away from us, what goes around does not always come around, life isn't fair.
Upon the news of the death of Martin Luther King Jr, Robert F. Kennedy spoke to an angry crowd who were ready to riot over the brutal assassination of a beloved leader in the Civil Rights Movement, he quoted Aeschylus;
"In our sleep, pain
which can not forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart until,
in our own despair,
against our will,
through the awful grace of God."
Mr. Kennedy went on to speak of the assassination of his own brother-President John Kennedy. RFK was a man well acquainted with tragedy and pain, the crowd disassembled peacefully - and civilly, as Reverend King would have wanted.
This is a challenging and trying world - a fallen creation. Even our Messiah, who came and lived as a man so we could know him, was a man of great sorrows. The shortest verse of the bible, "Jesus wept."
But take heart, dearest reader, He came so you could have and enjoy life, here & now!
In the midst of the tragedy, in the middle of storm- He will calm the waters.
Under Pressure? He that is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Our enemy is defeated folks, that makes him mean & angry, but defeated none the less.
We can't control our circumstances - ever - only how we choose to react to them.