There is not a day that goes by that the news does not bring a story of loss and devastation. From terrorist attacks to the Texas floods, now WV floods, there is trouble all around. If we constantly feed on the negative news it will bring us down. Should we turn a blind eye and a deaf ear? No. We must be aware of situations around us, however, there is a difference in being aware and being consumed.
In a recent terrorist attack, I read an article that was giving advice on how to help children cope with the evil that lurks in humanity. The advice came from a man I knew well in my childhood as Mr. Rogers. He was a kind, caring, compassionate man who taught children manners and courtesy and how to treat others. It turns out his momma quoted it to him and it went like this:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” © The Fred Rogers Company
Ever since I heard that quote and this week I see the devastation that has hit so many communities, I look for the helpers and I see the neighbors helping neighbors. I see first responders, and people from other parts of the state loading up supplies and equipment to help dig complete strangers out of a horrible nightmare. I see this and it gives me hope – Hope that there is still kindness in the world. A belief that faith exists and love exists, and it lives in our hearts!
Recently I was talking with my oldest son and we were discussing sad situations that happen in life. I recently lost a very dear lady in my life, my Aunt Ervie. She wasn’t old, she was just ill and she died far too early. As we were talking he said “It’s in these times we turn to our faith. We must look for God in these situations. If we truly look for God, we will find Him.” And, so, I have been looking for God. And do you know what? I found Him. He was in the way my aunt was able to tell each of us that she loved us and that she was at peace. He was there in way our family loved each other and sang the hymns that we all had sang with my aunt many times. He was there in every tear, every hug and every cry. He was there in my aunt’s voice when she was able to sing and mouthed the words I love you. He was there in so many ways. And today, He is here in every hug, every hand, in every shovel full of mud and every truck hauling away debris. He has not forgotten WV or Orlando or Turkey – He is here, there and everywhere. Look for the helpers!
James 1:17 says – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. For see without God, there is no good! He is our Father! He loves us! He inspires the helpers. He is good. So, why the trouble on the earth if He is so good? Great question! In a nutshell:
When Adam and Eve disobeyed in the Garden of Eden, they gave their authority in the earth to the enemy of our souls. When Jesus died and rose again, He took back the authority and gave it to us once again. (Matthew 28) We now must choose to exercise our authority for the good! There are people all over the world who have chosen evil and choose to carry our terrorist and violent acts. We cannot control people. We cannot control their choices. However, we can control our response and how we choose to respond. We not only need to look for the helpers, we need to be the helpers. We need to be the hands and feet of Jesus and serve mankind and help our fellowman.
There will always be news teams reporting on the disasters, the evil, the sad, but as Eric said – let’s look for God in each situation. For when we look for God, we will find Him!
I hope this challenges you to re-think the way you see things and even the way you respond. And you might not be able to physically go and help people dig themselves out of mud, but perhaps you can send a donation, or perhaps you can go to someone in your neighborhood who needs help….. an elderly person who needs yard work, or a ride to the store, etc. Let’s just not look for the helpers, let’s BE the helpers. Let’s be a solution and a peacemaker and help others who are looking for God, whether they know it or not, find Him!