There are times when I am so tempted to lose hope for certain situations. I’m writing from Chicago and there have already been 40 shootings with 4 people killed this Memorial weekend. That’s in spite of so much effort by community leaders, police and churches to stop the violence. It would be tempting to think Chicago is never going to be a safe place for all of its citizens.
Kevin and I watched Waiting for Superman last week and were reminded that though president after president (everyone since the 1970s) has signed education bills to rescue our schools, nothing has changed. It would be easy to look at our current presidential candidates and shudder. None of them look like they have superman capabilities. It would be easy to lose hope for our schools.
This weekend, over 700 migrants may have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. I learned that a Syrian family Kevin and I met while in Turkey last February is still waiting for the go-ahead to immigrant to Canada even though they’ve been approved for immigration. The unsafe regions of the world are not getting safer. Sadness or indifference at problems that don’t go away seem reasonable responses.
But, we can’t lose hope or give up or quit.
Jesus is still working!
Mark 16 says that He has returned to the Father where He is sitting at His right hand and He is working for those He left behind. Hebrews 7:25 says Jesus prays for us. I John 2:1-2 says He is advocating for people who have decided to follow Him. He is also preparing a place for us (John 14:1-3) and fulfilling His Father’s will. He is not giving up on us or our world. He is still hard at work. Can we do any less.
After months of reading in Mark, I reached the last verse this weekend. Mark has challenged, comforted, instructed and corrected me. I still have so much learning and growing to do. When I feel tempted to think I will never be all that God dreams me to be or all I want to be, I can take heart in knowing God doesn’t give up on me and that Jesus is still working with me. With you, too. And, beyond you and me- He is working in our world so that everyone can know that He is God’s Son and experience the abundant life He came to give us.