The year 2020 has been filled with events that will certainly make it a point of conversation for years to come. I am writing from the United States of America; however, this is a year that has touched the entire world. Look up the events taking place in 2020, and everywhere in the world, we will find something that has presented a challenge.
While worldwide events have called our attention; what about our personal battles? Just to name a few:
- Financial crisis
- Deaths in the family
- Facing a disease without a cure
- Family problems
- Unplanned pregnancies
- Abusive relationships
- Sexual crimes
- The list goes on
With all of this in mind, we have to wonder: what is the safest place? Where can we go to heal, cry, vent out our frustrations? The temptation is to reminisce on prior eras. We immediately focus on the good ol’ days. We remember our grandparents, or those that helped shape the good parts of who we are today. It is very tempting to go back there. Yet I do not have to tell you why that thought process is a problem. Times that some of us perceive as the best times, are not a reflection of what others may have experienced.
I have found in my life that the safest place to be starts with me. Why? Because turmoil belongs to a fallen world. If I can find a place of peace, it is within my reach. However, that place comes with the price of making a decision. It is not an accident that Jesus Christ himself gave us the beatitudes. The beatitudes are not religion; they are not poetry at all. Jesus knew, from the very beginning, that we would have to continue to face adversity. While Jesus came to provide the promised salvation; he also came to teach us methods and strategies to survive this game called life. The beatitudes are guidelines that, while hard to follow, were given to alter the way we do life. It is easy to look around us, personally live through turmoil, and get completely off our paths. We were warned that our common enemy came to do three things: lie, kill, destroy (John 10:10). And has he perfected his craft! The enemy does not care whether you believe in God or not; he came to destroy you. So, what is a great way to get you off course? Turmoil, sickness, war, death, racism, divorce, betrayal. You name it; the devil has it figured out.
The beatitudes are a reminder that, while all of this mess is taking place, I have a place to go. That safe place does not depend on others. It is a responsibility that I actively take to be safe. That regardless of what happens around me, even to my physical body, I can prevail. I can face the horrors of life because my provision and fortitude start within me. God put this safe place in my heart, within me. I share with you the safest place.