Resting In God When The World Is Going Crazy

This past year, my senior year, I duel-enrolled at a local college. During my second semester, I took Bio 2 and found it fascinating (minus one section *ahem* parasites/bacteria/etc).

Anyway.

We were learning how everything on Earth is connected and how global warming is affecting it. Here’s the short spill on it – I promise you’ll be able to understand it and I’ll try my best to not spend several paragraphs on it 😉

Because of Earth warming, the Indian Ocean has been steadily warming as well. You’re probably thinking, “ok. so the ocean is a little bit warmer, what’s the big deal?” I’m glad you asked! XD

The increasing temperature of the Indian Ocean has caused the North Atlantic oscillation (aka two air masses) to become stuck on its “intense” cycle. The North Atlantic oscillation has never been completely calm, but there are usually periods or breaks where the intensity lets down and it is more docile. However, with the increasing temperatures that has not been happening.

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It’s amazing how the entire world is so intricately connected. In Africa, there is a body of water called Lake Chad. Wikipedia says, “The United Nations Environment Programme and the Lake Chad Basin Commission concur that at least half of the lake’s decrease is attributable to shifting climate patterns.” As Lake Chad has dried up, the dust and dirt that was beneath the water has been exposed.

You can imagine what sorts of algae, fungi, and other gross things lie at the bottom of the lake. With the dust being out in the open, the pathogenic soil fungus it contains has been swept into the air from the Saharan and blown towards the Caribbean.

Interestingly, this dust has caused an ironic increase in pediatric asthma cases and coral sea fan disease. Which is obviously not good.

Now, I’m going to be honest. I kind of started to worry, because wow, how the heck are we supposed to fix all of this. ITS SO MUCH.

God, knowing this, led me to this verse.

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near,” ~ Luke 21:25-28

WOW. Like, anyone else amazed??? I mean that’s literally what’s happening! And there it is, right in the Bible. It makes me feel so much better, to know that God knew this was going to happen. None of this is a surprise to him.

Thank you Jesus for that!

~ Southern Dreamer

Trust

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Trust. That one word that can ignite so many different emotions in people: fear – can I really unveil my heart to someone without it being stomped on?, anger – betrayal by one previously held in your confidence, and for maybe, a few, excitement.

Nevertheless, trust has a different meaning in all of our souls. Yet…the one being we should trust the most, the one who is the most trustworthy – God, is sometimes the least trusted of all.

Why is that? Why does the idea of really, truly, utterly trusting God incur such fright? The One who is literally incapable of being fault-worthy in someone’s trust?

Could, it possibly be, that we have become jaded by the humanity around us? Those who have manipulated our trust…disclosed our trust…or perhaps, maybe even worst, did not come through when we trusted them with something of our heart. They failed us.

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I, for one, struggle with trusting others. Especially after my trust in someone backfired. It caused me to close off – to not want to be vulnerable again. Do you find yourself battling these same emotions?

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Although I still struggle with unveiling my heart to others, my trust in God has definitely increased. And I think a major component of it is belief. Having the faith that He is going to come through for me. Really, truly believing that makes ALL the difference.

“He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you’” (Matthew 17:20, ESV).

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I love that last line – “nothing will be impossible for you.” And this is in the context of having faith the size of a mustard seed. Do you know how small, how miniscule these seeds are? Look, below, at the picture. Jesus is saying that if we would just have the faith of a mustard seed we could move mountains. Maybe it’s a mountain of fear, or a mountain of addiction. Or maybe…it’s a mountain of jaded, distrust.

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Mountains don’t move by themselves. But when you pair faith, the power of the Holy Spirit, and a willing heart that is all in, truly anything can be done. Trust can be restored and strengthened.

And Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him” (Mark 11:23).

~ Southern Dreamer

*Disclaimer: With the last reference of Scripture, I just wanted to make one, quick note. If what you ask for is not in God’s will then it will not happen.