Some months ago I found myself distraught over a shooting that happened in a nearby city, When I heard about it, I was saddened as I always am when I hear of someone taking the life of someone else, but this time was different, it wasn’t someone that I knew but rather someone that I didn’t know, and now someone that I would not ever get a chance to meet. The individual was so young and full of life, they served God at least from what I could see when I read about them, they were positive, loved life, loved family and had quite a few things going on for themselves and they were only 35, the age I am now. I have to admit and I never like to do it, but I found myself questioning God – God why? Why so young, why so presumably innocent, Why the family man, Why the church man whom was trying to do everything to live right, I was hurt and within that hurting place, I began to think of ways that maybe I could have done God’s work better by being in place to prevent the incident from happening, without hurt nor harm to them or anyone around them. I became a little flustered with God as I was trying to tell him what he should have done and how he should have done it….Wrong, I know…
But for a brief moment I lost focus, I lost focus on whom the creator was, I lost focus on the fact that he does everything for a reason, I lost focus on whom the Alpha and Omega was, I lost focus on the man that causes the sun the set and the moon to rise, I lost focus on the one whom tells old death to behave all during the night while I sleep and slumber in my bed, I lost focus on the one whom with one word causes my spirit to awaken and my breathing comes back to normal, I lost focus on whom I was and whom I was trying to challenge and go against, a man that with one word could end my life immediately, I TOTALLY LOST FOCUS!
The world is a nasty place and while we yet may not understand why things happen or why in our terminology why things happen to “good people”, we still have to believe and trust that God see’s all, knows all and has everything in control, the ways of this world with its negative, explosive bombs has a way of tugging at the minds, the hearts and the faith of even the strongest person in the Lord, but the bible clearly states: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Phil 4:8)
You See? God knew that we would be faced with such negativity and didn’t want us to fret nor worry, but wants us to think on positive things, it’s not that God wants us to be naive to circumstances but he knows that such unfocused thinking does not yield good results for our “fighting” spirits, so instead of keeping our focus on him we would lose it to things that are beyond our control; You’ve heard the saying “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop”, so once we lose focus, it jeopardizes our FAITH in God leaving room for the enemy to come and play and lead us off into another dimension where God does not reside, and when he does that; it’s hard and sometimes impossible to not only regain your focus but get back on track, So be careful about where you allow your focus to go and how long you allow it to stay there, yes, we may and do get sidetracked by devastating news and such things but there’s a time and place for everything and while we may not always understand the ways of the world or the things that go on within it, just remember that God loves and cares for you so much; He needs you to SURVIVE and by surviving that means keeping your focus on him.