What do we do when officers continue to fall? How do we handle our homes, our husbands when there seem to be targets on their blue backs?
When the news comes across the screen, my heart literally stops.
Where? Whom? How many?
Then before I can process what happened, because honestly some of the situations make little sense, I pray. I look Heavenward and request provisions of comfort to those who loved the officers and all involved hearts to draw to Him.
I am definitely biased, as my life has changed dramatically. Jesus is the only way to manage the fear of loss and death…the things we cannot control.
In the past in my Godless life, I lost hours of sleep, soured many moods, and yelled more than I ever should have at our two sons. They were small, and their dad was working the night shift. I was not sleeping for anything, listening for any sound that may indicate he came home, or worse that his boss had a message of his death on the job.
Worrying about things beyond your control can feel like a trap with no escape.
When Jesus walked this earth, He told us not to worry but to seek and trust:
But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Jesus tells his disciples not to fret about dinner or what to wear. He instructs them to seek God’s kingdom first, what is right and true. Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus each day will minimize our worries for tomorrow.
Jesus tackled the bigger worries, too.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Let’s meditate on this truth. When our officers become victims of violence, I know that is not God’s will. If evil forces take away their bodies, then we must trust their souls go to Almighty Father and experience the anticipated bliss of eternal life.
Does this fact make things easier? Will it stop the grieving?
No absolutely not. But if we can agree to place the trust in Jesus, who is Author of Life and Death of souls, then let us rest in that. Let us pray, praise and surrender to Him who is Victorious. Jesus warns we should fear God not evil. Fear the One who has ultimate control of our destinies. Make your steps fall in line with His, for only He can comfort, strengthen and bring peace.
With high anxiety in the world, if you need a specific prayer, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Blogs are posted on my professional Facebook page: Julie Dibble, Christian Speaker and Author. Twitter, too: @julie_dibble