I’ve been sitting in front of my laptop screen for a while now with a new document open. The problem is that the document is completely blank and I’m not sure how to change that. Sometimes the words just come and sometimes they don’t. Our blog doesn’t understand that, though, because it is always there, seemingly waiting for another post. So even if I’m not feeling inspired, I will give it a whirl.
Recently I have not been reading the news. Mainly because that’s just one more thing to take up my precious time. So, I don’t know all the latest details on the situation in Ukraine. I do know that it is not good. A few months ago, when this war started, I was going through a time of um, stress, maybe I could call it? I was living away from my family and I really missed them. I was also feeling overwhelmed by all the needs I had to fulfill at school as well as all the assignments I had in college. It was all too much.
Well, allow me to back up a little bit. My family has relationships with several native Ukrainian children. When I heard of the impending war on Ukraine it frightened me. Knowing innocent and helpless people firsthand makes it scary. I had to learn to trust God. It is my tendency to want to fix things. I think that I can do stuff that will make everything better and I believe that I need to help in every bad situation. God’s teaching me that He alone can heal broken situations and that He will work through me where needed. It is in our helplessness and brokenness that God can work. When I try to take things into my own hands I get stressed, because I know I’m not capable of solving the world’s problems. Through that time of worrying about the innocent children I love and my helplessness to do anything about the situation, God changed my perspective. He’s actually still changing it.
These are some encouraging verses I read during that time.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”John 14:27
“He shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressors.”Psalm 72:4
“But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.”Psalm 59:16
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”John 16:33
What’s a Christian’s response to war? The Old and New Testaments clearly say that Christians are not to kill or retaliate, but to instead do good and love their enemies. Jesus taught that Christians are to be separate from the world; that this is not His kingdom. A Christian’s response to this situation should be to pray for the people of Ukraine, Russia, and other countries that are involved. I choose not to view the Russians as brutal enemies but instead see them through God’s eyes. I know that He sees people whom He loves. We are to pray for the leaders of our country and honor them. God will take care of the rest.
What can we do? I had considered going to Ukraine to help, but it was obviously not what I was supposed to do at that point in my life. Maybe you can, though. There are many missions that need volunteers to help evacuate refugees and do other humanitarian aid. However, most of us are called to stay here. What can we do from 5,000 miles of land and sea?
It is important to financially support people who can physically help. If you know of good missions, then support them! New Horizons for Children, a mission that my family works with is doing wonderful things for Ukrainian orphans. Support them here! There are many other places to give God’s money.
It’s easy for me to think that I am going to solve everything, but God says to be still and know. We don’t have to do, do, do. We can pray and let God take care of the rest.
Words by Kinza