First World Issues

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble and he delivered them from their distress.

He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing Love.

Psalm 107:6-8

 

In the midst of debates and elections and news and broadcasting and refugee crisis and bathroom dilemmas…this struck me.

Loudly.

History repeats itself in so many ways, so many times.

And still, throughout the trouble, God delivers and we sing praise.

 

Sitting in so much privilege, it is easy for me to say this, yet its true nonetheless.

 

So many of my issues are first world inconveniences.

first world

We have no hot water today.

 

We have running water. We have a microwave to heat bottles. We have coffee. We have all the food we could want (even if it’s not brownies). We are safe. We are warm. We have no doubts about which bathroom to use. Or fears in using them. We know where our entire family is and where they will grow. We have healthcare even if it is frustrating.

 

I am blessed. Yet sometimes I sit in the trouble that is small and forget it’s a puddle I can stand in.

 

I pray for eyes to see and a heart to discern daily ways to actively participate in the glory of God. To help those struggling get to a place they too can see His grace.

 

“it is a good think to be without trouble, but it is a better thing to have a trouble and know how to get grace enough to bear it” Ann Voskamp

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