A thought from the “Birth: A Nurses View” podcast keeps coming back to me in recent days. It was one of the things Julia learned from working in a birthing unit. She said, “Sometimes the most difficult circumstances brings out the best in people.” As you survey the pervasive conflicts within our current cultural climate these words take on greater meaning.
As a nation we find ourselves in the grips of difficult circumstances. These difficult circumstances are working their way down from the national commentaries to individual posts on Facebook. People are expressing rage, hatred, accusations and condemnation. Anger flows freely on the internet.
In today’s reading Isaiah says, “The way of the righteous is level.” It’s a popular feeling among anxiety ridden people searching for meaning in an angry culture. If this nation were righteous our way would be level. But in the Bible whose way was ever level?
Moses didn’t exactly have a level path, nor did Isaiah, Elijah, Job or Daniel. Jesus’ way was anything less than level and Paul’s life could be described as “kill or be killed.” Yet, in these lives we learn, there is something about living in faith which brings peace to even the most difficult circumstances.
Yesterday, funeral services were held for some of the police officers who laid down their lives to protect others. Last night, the Espy’s awarded Zaevion Dobson with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. Zaevion was a 15 yr old boy who used his body to shield two young girls from gun fire. You do not have to lay down your life, but you can lay down your anger. Today the Lord is calling out the best in you. In the midst of difficult circumstances, stand up and love so the way of others might be level. (Isaiah 26: 7-9;12)