A dizzying array of events in the span of a few days seems chaotic. From the 10,000 foot level I see a mass of human beings side-by-side and then frantically separating into groups, and endless re-groups, to stand behind each new issue as the day presents.
The political parties launch mud-balls from opposite corners of the screen. Two undefined (I’m not really sure who these people are) groups debate the sanctity and identity of the red cup because apparently the beverage is heavenly. The mentally-ill homeless man beats actress Pauley Perrette in front of her Hollywood home. Bombs explode and gun-fire erupts. Again. These mini-groups of ‘for and against’ stop fighting and scurry together into a large group to pray for the most recent fallen; this time it’s Paris.
The mass stands arm-in-arm for a few hours to mourn the horrific but like a Kaleidoscope, it separates yet again and new groupings appear as solutions to the problems are argued (it’s always the other group’s fault) and the calendar turns to Saturday. College football re-organizes the pseudo-communities that fight against each other socially or politically or religiously to chant in unison for the scoreboard to move in their favor.
Social profile pictures change or colors are added with each new event, to reflect the group we now stand in in light of the trauma of the day. ‘Stand-up for this group!’ ‘Raise money for that group!’ ‘Don’t purchase that product!’ ‘Protest!’ ‘Don’t talk about that!’ ‘Those people are the problem!’ ‘Everyone has a right to be heard! Everyone has a voice!’ ‘Do what’s good for you; your truth is your truth and my truth is my truth!’ ‘Don’t say that; it offends me!’ ‘Don’t take away my rights!’ ‘Score!’ ‘We are the champions!’
Sometimes I’m not sure where to stand.
I wonder if God ever looks at his creation from the 10,000 foot level and shakes his head as if to say, ‘Y’all are missing the point.’
“I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
“Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
“So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you.””
(Lyrics are from the song, “Do Something” by Matthew West)
“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he will never leave you.” Deut 31:6
I’m standing in God’s group.
–Tara Schiro is the author of “No Arms, No Legs, No Problem: When life happens you can wish to die or choose to live,” now available on Amazon, Ingram Spark, and Barnes & Noble.