Trying to Ignore the News
I’m an ostrich. I confess it.
Well … I choose to act like the proverbial ostrich.
I do everything in my power to avoid influences that unsettle me. It’s easy to ignore what comes through the TV because I don’t own one. When the radio goes from music to news I change the channel. I turn my eyes from newspaper headlines and I work hard at skimming past challenging stories and reports posted on social media.
Responding to the News of Tragedies
Nevertheless, somehow accounts of the violence and tragedies sweeping the globe manage to infiltrate my mind and pierce my heart. Questions rock my soul.
What’s happening? How should I respond? Where do I find peace? I’ve lived long enough to know that when I feel overwhelmed like that my refuge is the Scriptures.
12 Verses to Help us Respond to Tragic News
1. I run to the God-breathed words that teach and train toward holy living (2 Timothy 3:16).
2. Righteousness is what’s needed to make my prayers powerful and effective (James 5:16).
3. I follow the example of the persistent widow of Luke 18 and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
4. My reading and study inform me that the God of justice answers my petitions as soon as he hears (Isaiah 30:19).
5. Nobody can prevent his sovereign hand from accomplishing his perfect will (Daniel 4:25).
6. He is a God who forgives, displaying compassion and mercy, grace and love (Nehemiah 9:17).
7. There is no end to any of his divine aspects; the Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 22:13).
8. My cup is full. I step back. Even ostriches can’t avoid the world all together.
9. I use the amount of input I’m able to handle to guide my prayers as the Truth restrains the emotions that threaten me (John 8:3).
10. I ask the Holy Spirit to translate my inarticulate but earnest supplications into eloquent and effective entreaties (Romans 8:26).
11. I affirm that the Father is working out his goal to bring good to his chosen people as he glorifies himself. We have already been proclaimed victors through Christ (Romans 8:28-39).
12. The best part of pulling my head out of the sand is that I find myself infused with the eternal Light. My mind slows and my heart is at rest, protected by the peace that in unexplainable (Philippians 4:7)