Picture the frigid waters around Greenland. You see countless icebergs, some little and some gigantic. As you observe them carefully, you notice that sometimes the small ice floes move in one direction while their massive counterparts flow in another. Why? The simple explanation has everything to do with how you see COVID, US election outcomes, the UN, a New World Order and paper straws.

OK, maybe not paper straws. But don’t you miss the plastic straws at A&W?

Last Straw?

This coming Tuesday may be the last straw in a series of global cataclysms. As Arianna Huffington describes it “there are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen.”

When you stop to think about it, the influence of politicians, the economy, pandemics, nuclear aggression and the consistency of straws are out of your control.

Doesn’t life feel changeable, distressing, and unpredictable? New Year’s Day 2020 dawned like all New Year’s Days of the past century. Who knew that 2½ months later we’d face a global pandemic that would claim one million souls? What’s next?

Currents

Fears are rising that the US will break out in post-election civil unrest, if not all out civil war. As North America and the world faces crisis after crisis, there is concern that political leaders lack the moral courage to use power for any other means than to preserve self-interests.

The answer lies with the Greenland icebergs. Surface winds drive the little ones. What about the huge masses of ice? What moves them in a counter direction?

Deep ocean currents.

Two Forces

When I face global concerns, it’s helpful to see my life as being subject to two forces—surface winds and ocean currents. The winds represent everything changeable, unpredictable, and distressing.

But operating simultaneously with these gusts and gales is another force that’s even more powerful.

It is the sure movement of God’s wise and sovereign purposes, the deep flow of His unchanging love.

Creation is fallen and broken. Yet, it also still belongs to God.

You belong to God.

My Father’s World

My YouVersion app publishes a “verse of the day” on my screen. It’s what I read first everyday. November 1st began with the verse, “God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen from what has been made.” Romans 1:20 (New International Version)

The verse brought to mind lyrics from an ancient (1905) hymn:

“This is my Father’s world:
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let earth be glad!”

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Bob Jones

Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 41 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring others through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, reading, and ball hockey. I'm a fan of the Esks, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

2 Comments

  • Laura Hum says:

    Great blog post! I recently created an artwork that sums up where I’m at. It says “Lord Jesus, you’re my calm in the storm.” I’m so thankful that when the storm is raging all around us, there’s that deep peace and rest in God’s presence and purpose. Those are powerful words in the hymn “This is my father’s world” , a favorite of mine. Yes, let’s never forget that “though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet”!

  • Anonymous says:

    So insightful and relevant. Thank you 🙂

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