Saturday, November 14, 2015

Paris -- What Now?

Before the horrific and tragic events took place in Paris yesterday, I had written a lighthearted post and scheduled it to show up here on my blog this morning. But last night before shutting down my computer and going to bed, I took that particular post off the queue.   It seemed disrespectful and irreverent to be humorous on the Internet this weekend while the French people devote the next three days to mourn over what has happened. 

Instead I am sharing with you a sand castle we bought some 30 years ago during a trip to the Maryland sea shore. It has stood beside one of our bathtubs or on a countertop ever since. This piece of memorabilia is pleasing to my eyes and it has held together for three cross-country corporate relocations.

When I study the tower's height, and the circular path leading to the top,  the words of Proverbs 18:10 come to mind,

The name of the LORD
is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it
and are safe.

Yes, while it is true that Christ-followers as well as non-believers were likely affected by the attacks in Paris yesterday, God is most definitely still in control and has a divinely-understood purpose in mind for all of this. 

For those of us who put our trust in Him, it will be well, as promised in Psalm 30:5,

For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night, 
but rejoicing comes in the morning.

What are we to do during these "nights of weeping," these times of sorrow and confusion? 

Drawing near to God is the most logical and helpful plan. If there is anything that separates us from Him, now is the time to get that cleared up. 

Do we need to put down a prideful attitude? 
Do we need to ask forgiveness? 
Do we need to rethink some attitudes or plans? 
Do we need to make amends about anything?

After we know we have dealt with any static that may be hindering our relationship with God, we can trust Him to work His best in our lives.

These kinds of current events are God's way of urging those of us who remain to get things right with Him and others. After we have done that, we can unashamedly watch to see how His story plays out. 

Yes, tragedy may still come to us because we live in a fallen world, but ultimately there will be victory for all of those who align themselves with Jesus Christ.

Sit at my right hand until 
I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. 
Psalm 110:1

Here is an article for help in making amends with God:


  1. Wonderfully stated. We know that all will be well eventually for those who love The Lord and follow Him, yet the road from here to there looks pretty bumpy. Thank you for your post.

  2. Yes, indeed, wonderfully stated. Such a sad state of affairs but greater is He than he that is in the world. Thankfully He is still on His throne. I love your sand sculpture and the scripture you used with it is just perfect for such a time as this. Blessings!

  3. For those who do not believe that evil exists in the world today - look to the events in Paris. However, as stated in this post, God is in control. While we do not understand why He will allow such things to happen, neither do we truly understand the depth of His love for us. Seek Him while He may yet be found!