Election cycles are one of my least favorite things. The signs, slogans, smearing... ugh. I do my research, I read, I reflect - and then I choose those who most closely aligns with my core values and beliefs. I vote across party lines (when they let me), and I vote in every election; I want to be heard.
This cycle seems to be more heated, more vindictive and polarized than normal. Maybe it is the ongoing riots? Maybe it is the tension in the air over the contemplation of what will be restricted, removed, relegated as “non-necessary” next.
I heard a prophetic word from a respected Jewish rabbi - Curt Landry. He painted a picture of a Category 5 Hurricane of FEAR being unleashed upon the nation; and, if we are not prepared for its arrival we will be swept up into it. So, how to prepare?
I have never lived through a hurricane. I have never experienced 100+ mph winds. But, the structures with window coverings, barred doors and secured roof (cabled and anchored into the bedrock under the house) seem to weather the storm better.
How does this translate to us? Windows, I think, are like our eyes... what we view, take in, digest, watch, will effect our mental state. Garbage in, garbage out. Feast on fear? Feel fear.
Doors are the entry/exit of the home. What are we allowing in our inner circle? Who are we allowing to speak, visit, entertain, reside in our heart and mind space?
Roofs are like a covering. Are we seeking shelter under the armor, wing, arm (whatever your favorite analogy) of the God most high? When the gale force, the ripping winds hit, it is too late to find suitable shelter. We need to be positioned securely and safely before the winds come.
The storm has hit and it is raging. Philippians 4:8 TPT says “...keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.”
We can be the houses unaffected by the storms around us. We can be the shining lights in the storm, the structures unaffected and glowing, inviting others inside to receive healing, rest, and opportunity to experience true rest, true respite... peace.
Are you battened down or battered? Where does your help come from?