WHAT do we care about? At the end of the year, Google shares information about all of the things we’ve been searching for, and it’s an interesting reflection: from ridiculous things like “The Dress” (Black and blue, in case you were wondering), to more serious and troubling matters like the Migrant crisis and more recently, the Paris attacks.
As humans, we come to expect tragedy, even amongst the happiness we may experience. It’s woven into our lives alongside celebration, and yet it still hits us hard. Earthquakes, fleeing from war-torn countries, corruption and crumbling finances remind us that everything we hold dear is so fragile. Even if you look away from the news, sadness can find you much closer to home: terminal disease, mental illness, lost hopes and difficult relationships.
We can lose faith in God when we’re reminded, either fleetingly or in a more personal, painful way, that our lives contain tragedy. There are plenty of “easy” reasons to keep trusting Him despite everything, but all I can think during these moments is that God is with us. Jesus is the God of the broken, close to the broken-hearted, a man who suffered pain, humiliation, betrayal, heartbreak, loneliness, even a moment of distance from his Father. He knows what it is to be human. He never promised it would be easy, in fact He said: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
Take heart. Let’s continue to live with open hearts towards our broken, beautiful God and take whatever comes in 2016.